Friday, August 3, 2012

Garner State Park

 Isn't it great having family traditions?
My mother-in-law and her family have been coming to Garner State Park every summer 
since they were kids.  Then she met Daddy Joe, got married and the tradition continued.  This was the first year we were able to take the girls and we all had a blast.

Every time I go I feel like I've been transported to the 60's.  We ride our bikes everywhere, play games as a family and even play a bit of putt putt golf.

In the early afternoon we find ourselves at the pavilion, where we fill the jukebox full of quarters and practice our two step.

Here we are working on the steps to "Rockin' Robin"

Then of course we are all hot and tired so we need to take an ice cream break.

Then we head to the Frio, were we hang all afternoon.

Finally we all get hungry and head to our campsites for dinner.

We spend our days looking like average campers, no make up, ratty hair and dirty feet.  But when the sun goes down, everyone dusts off their cowboy boots and gets all gussied up.  

Because every night around 8 o'clock, everyone heads to the pavilion for the dance.  
Every man, women and child are out on the floor doing the two-step and everyone knows the line dances to songs like "wip it".  Everyone dances with everyone it's like a giant social.  You wont find any of the latest pop hits on the jukebox because thats just not Garner's style.  Even if your not a country music fan you most likely find yourself falling in love with songs and singing along all week.

Here is a video I found on youtube, notice how it gets more and more crowded.  By 9 o'clock the floor is packed. 

Here is a few pictures from the 60's

The only thing that has changed is the styles.

Then we ended our trip with a trip to the gift shop.

 Estee choose this shirt, it says,
"Sorry, I only like boys who two-step"

Thank you Mamah and Peapa for a wonderful family vacation once again and for keeping the tradition going.  We love you so much!

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