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The Summer of 1980 | by Dave Ward Photography
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The Summer of 1980

When I was a kid, sometimes we went camping. We had an unusual, wooden trailer which I named "Snowbird" after a talking bird I had invented for a comic strip I sometimes drew. We would hitch the trailer to the truck and drive to various parks and campgrounds in the foothills of the Olympics and stay overnight.


In my early teens, I lost my love for camping. But I have some really nice memories from camping trips as a kid.


I'm not sure of the exact date of this photo, but I know it was sometime in the summer of 1980. I was eleven years old at the time.


You can clearly see that I already have the scar on my left cheekbone. Although I'm not sure what year I got the scar, this photo shows it must have been in the late-1970s. I know I got it after the movie "Star Wars" came out in 1977, because I remember right after the injury I told other kids that I got hurt in a fight with Darth Vader.


The photo comes from a slide, which is why it looks so crisp and vivid. I like how color slides retain their immediacy, so the image looks like it was taken yesterday, rather than over 25 years ago.

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Taken in July 1980