At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
Yet another of the assets of our little town (population a little over 50,000) is the Boardwalk, named after the American word for a promenade along the inland part of a beach. The walkway used to be made out of wooden planks: hence Boardwalk. Ours is along the sea front from West Cliff.
The Boardwalk is an old-fashioned amusement park, complete with a big wooden roller coaster that makes the best roaring grinding noise in the world when you're riding it!
It celebrated its centenary in 2007. In this part of the world, that is quite a milestone, with the town of Santa Cruz itself incorporated in 1866 (although the mission itself was dedicated in 1794).
The Boardwalk's logo is at the foot of this first photo. It is the number one tourist attraction in Santa Cruz County. We're not tourists here, but we still go regularly, particularly Alex and Charles.
Our friends the Bouchardy-Rabinovicis visited the Boardwalk with Daphné in the summer of 2000. By the way, Faby et Jean are not hysterical by any means, and neither are their two older daughters Fiona and Maeve: it's the effect of the Boardwalk! (Needless to say, neither is Daphné, except what we attribute to her then pre-adolescence. . . . !)
The next photo on the left is an interesting shot of the Boardwalk taken from a rarely seen angle, across the San Lorenzo River and the beach. This wintry scene, with clouds and what looks like the aftermath of a bit of a storm on the beach, was caught by Ian's friend Fergus in December 2004.
Below is the Log Ride, where the action is. Taken by the Boardwalk in the summer of 2005, this photo show the range of emotions a good water ride can provoke. Alban, the teenager, on top of the world and yelling it out, Maeve, the visitor, hiding behind papa, papa a little keyed up and holding on to Charlie for dear life, and Charlie thrilled to bits. We did need to do a little doctoring here, to remove a regrettable gesture . . . . Boys will be boys! There's another photo of this ride here, and in that one we needed to doctor Charlie making the same gesture. Who says children learn from their parents. When they learn what they chose, it is from their older siblings!
Here are a couple more rides featuring Alex and Charles during a daytime visit during the summer of 2004.
The first features a ride called the Whirlwind, which goes up and down as well as around. You can see the ocean behind the ride, and you glimpse it whipping past you as you whirl.
The second is a more normal roundabout, where they could sit down. Alex was, logically enough, more at ease.
The best Boardwalk photos that we have taken have been of the Log Ride, the ride that the boys are howling on in the photo above. The "logs" fall towards the spectators, and splash right next to them. So we have a nice pair of photos of Jean and two his daughters on their page, as well as the pair below of Charlie, Alban, Maeve and Ian, all taken during the summer of 2005. Perhaps the expressions and focus on the second are less than ideal, but the feeling is spot on!
Although the visits of our teenagers to the Boardwalk have become rarer as their interests become broader and they become more mobile, they continue to visit from time to time. Nick or Daphné or both will take Charles and Alex for an evening out: the log ride photo above right was taken during such a day trip. And they still go with friends at times. Below is one of Daphné and Alban during the summer of 2003, while the latter was still suffering the requisite orthodontal braces.
But when all is said and done, the best rides are at the Disneylands of this world, a favorite vacation place for this family. We also enjoyed Thorpe Park in the UK, and here is a great photo of Daphné and her mother on a water ride there.
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