Click on thumbnail to view full-sized photo
The first time Alana played in the ocean was June 1977 at Ocean City, New Jersey. Her Uncle Ray and Aunt Margie had been renting the same beach house with 3 other couples the last week in June for many years. Ocean City is an island located in the heart of the Jersey Shore, it is 20 minutes from Atlantic City and 40 minutes from Philadelphia. Ocean City has 8 miles of beaches and a 2 mile long board walk with shops and an amusement park.
Alana returned to Ocean City in 1984 and made the trip every year through 1991. Alana met one of her good friends at Ocean City. Julie was a grand daughter of one the couples. They would spend all day body surfing or body boarding and spend the evenings shopping on the boardwalk. Ocean City was Alana's favorite place as a teenager, she would save all year for airfare and spending money.
When Alana and Mike re-located to New Jersey they were able to again spend some time in Ocean City. Although Alana has been to many beaches since 1977, Ocean City is still at the top of her list for Body Surfing.