A Bit of Old Fashioned Fun
Recently, I had some out of town guests with two children who were too young to be sightseeing all day long. I felt sorry for the little ones. Visiting DC sights can be boring if you're under the age of 10. One morning, I packed up supplies for a picnic lunch and we headed for Glen Echo Park.
When I was a child, my parents would take my siblings and I to the park quite often. There is a wooded path that leads to the center of the park. Barely 30 paces into our journey, we would hear the sounds of the Wurlitzer organ playing music. From there, it was a mad dash to arrive at the most wonderful ride we knew at that time—an old-fashioned carousel. I loved watching the colorfully decorated animals going up and down and around. It was always difficult for me to decide the animal I would claim—which one of the forty horses, four rabbits, four ostriches, giraffe, lion, tiger or deer would be my ride? One thing was for certain, I would not be on one of two chariots that were reserved for the “old folks” (a.k.a., Mom and Dad). Mom would buy the tickets. I don’t know how much they cost back then, but it couldn’t have been much—it’s only $1.25 now. After our ride, we would picnic in the park.
I led my house guests to the Dentzel Carousel and watched the little ones enjoy themselves as much as my siblings and I did all those decades ago. It brought back wonderful memories.
Glen Echo Park is located in the Maryland suburbs, about a half hour’s drive from downtown DC.http://www.glenechopark.org...
MD, United States