Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Break: Then and Now

Spring Break views in 1995 and 2015
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

In March 1995, a dozen of my Sigma Nu fraternity brothers loaded three different cars for a week of fun in the sun.  Our destination was Panama City Beach, Florida.  It was my senior year and first spring break getaway.  Fast forwarded twenty years and my wife and I loaded our mini van and surprised our three kids with a spring break trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Obviously spring break is much different when you're a 21 year old college student compared to when you're a 41 year old father of three.  As I sat in the water park at our resort, I thought about how things had changed over the last 20 years.

In 1995, we all hung out at the infamous Club La Vela at night having a good time...

In 2015, the only club I saw was the one I held during a rousing round of mini golf at MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge.

In 1995, we paid $10 to drink all day at a place called Sharky's Beach Club.

Sharks at the Ripley's Aquarium

In 2015, we spent part of the day looking a sharks at the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

In 1995, there was a collection of pop tabs that needed to be picked up and thrown away.

In 2015, there was a collection of Pop Tarts' crumbs that needed to be picked up and thrown away.

Both trips were a blast for very different reasons obviously.  New memories were made this time around with the four most important people in my life.

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