Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.  Cheri Lucas Rowlands The Daily Post

The Olga Store 1989
The Olga Store 1989
The Olga Store 2002
The Olga Store 2002
Nostalgic 3
The Olga Store 2008

 

My son and his cousin having ice cream at the same counter we loved as kids.
My son and his cousin having ice cream at the same counter we loved as kids.

 

The Olga Post Office 1989
The Olga Post Office 1989
The Olga Post Office 2002
The Olga Post Office 2002

I have been in a nostalgic frame of mind this summer, paging through old photo albums and revisiting favorite family vacation spots during my days off.  Watching my son spend his first summer without a structured schedule of camp and daycare is bringing back fond memories of wide open summer days with nothing to do but read a book and play outside.

When we were kids my parents rented an old beach cabin on Orcas Island for our summer vacation get-away.  The six of us spent happy weeks in this little place and then the larger farmhouse up the hill for the next 20 years and I still return to the island as often as I can.

It was such a treat to climb in the back of our VW Bus and travel down the twisty road to the little town of Olga. We always brought our allowance to the General Store for souvenirs and ice cream then walked over to the post office to mail postcards sharing our beach combing adventures with friends and family back home.

Posted as part of The Weekly Photo Challenge:  Nostalgic.

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39 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories! The photo of our son and his cousin having ice cream at the same counter… is precious!

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  13. Lovely photos, and especially neat seeing the word “olga’ on the roof of the general store. If those light coloured shingles are woven in, I’d hire the roofers in an instant!.

    Also, I can really picture you years ago, in that old VW bus! Truly nostalgic.

      1. Yes – I was thinking that too, about the roof. I had a friend with a VW bus. Remeber the little gas heaters in winter? It was hard to keep warm.Take care & enjoy.

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  15. It’s such a great opportunity to share your own childhood memories with your children. I’d love to do that but I grew up mostly in the hood and I’m not crazy about going back and hanging out there with my kids. 🙂

  16. This might be my favorite take on the Nostalgic challenge of all the photos I’ve seen. How cool that your children can spend time in the present – in your past!

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