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 minivan 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 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 at sharks at the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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

In 2015, Pop Tarts' crumbs were collected 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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