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 My dearest Diana...

I've always known that one day we would somehow meet again, only I didn't know it would take 60 years. I wish we could write page after page, so I could learn all about your life and happenings. But I only have this brief note. So you have three horses. Well you've got me beat by two. Though we have other horses. There's one that has the purse strings of my heart. She's a little quarter/arabian, though there have been others thru the
    years. They were all special. . But Clementine's extra special. I call her Clem. . She follows me all over the ranch like a puppy. Of course it might be that she knows I have fresh carrots from Jeannie's garden. And every day she
gets a kissy on her cheek. Jeannie. My wife of 52 years now says Clem gets more kisses than she does. Perhaps. When I'm in the pick-up her head is thru the window. When I'm on the tractor she's right up against the big wheels, just wanting love, and you have four chillins, well there I can match ya. 2 boys. 2 girls. All doing well with families of their own.

Conrad's brother Alan is happily married. Lives in northern ca. Conrad married Loretta. They have
 
    kids and grand kids and live close to Munz lakes. That's about all I know. Ya know. Although I'm all grown up. With what memories I do still have of Munz. There are nights I fall asleep on a dampened pillow. But it's only tear water.
 Sometimes life is easy. Sometimes it's hard. Perhaps you remember that evening you came and sat in the swing set next to me by the pool and told me my brother was dancing with someone. I used it as an excuse to simply walk-away. That afternoon I was told that my parents were going to divorce. I simply didn't want to be with anyone. I truly apologize. A few days later circumstances took me far from Munz.

When I was twenty I returned only to find that you
and your family were gone. Conrad's mother. Phyllis, didn't have an address for you. You were gone. So if you don't mind there's something I want to say. Something I have to say while there's still time. Since we're not getting any younger. Though I only have the memory of that beautiful little girl I knew. There hasn't been a day go by in all these years that you haven't been in my thoughts.

Terry

P. S. I'm afraid I never did learn how to dance. Take care. Says Terry Likens

I spent every summer there from 1957 to about 1969. We had 7 people in our family and pulled a small trailer. It was paradise for any kid. I remember the Saturday night movies on the outdoor volleyball court, row boats, fishing, hiking, the old apple & pear trees. My grandma would give us a dollar a bag for picking fruit. We collected bottles daily to buy candy from the Gate House. W bought comic books from the gift shop. Learned flips off the high and low dives. I remember my mom swimming out to the island in the pool with me on her shoulders and a bathing cap on. I could go on for hours. One of the best parts of my life! Says Melissa Schlegel

Hello all, I'm Diana, Joe and Thelma's daugher. What a a time it was!! This is so fun. Conrad taught me how to drive that big ole red jeep with a whole bunch of gears out in the big hay field. Had my first adult kiss there and ''hated'' it. First serious boyfriend was Wesly Richardson..anyone remember him. Best friend was Judy Wurz. Just thinking about it all makes me smile. Im still a horse gal..have 3. Married/divorced and had 4 kids..all big now with 4 grandchildren. Life moves on. Use to rent out oars with Allen in the gift shop and swam incessently in first the murky pool with a raft and then in the freezing new pool. Before we moved there, we would camp whole summers. I would collect all the pop bottles to buy the candy at the gate house. I used to ride that little mechanical pony for a dime. Makes me remember how easy life was. Still easy if I let it. I loved those outside movies and all the freedom. Use to work at the stables next to the resort for Dennis Winchesters Mom. Loved it. The jukebox and learning to dance there was the best. I loved that place for all the happiness it gave, the people that came. ''Those were the days my friend.....'' Says Diana

Love the shot. Brought back memories of our family vacations. I do remember going when the swimming pool didn't have the center island (fountain), recall a floating deck, water was warm and a 'swampy'. Thinking back, filters seemed only to cover the deep end. Great time for family. Says Patrick Burris

My family with five kids camped there many summers in the 50', and we had a good time fishing and swimming. They had hot soup in cans in one vending machine. Don't have that anymore that I know of. The pool was ice cold as I recall. I remember listening to ''Flying Purple People Eater''. I didn't know cats were killed. That is depressing. I remember one time someone having a Cougar in their truck that they had just killed. That was sure a LOOOOONNNNGGGG time ago. Says Richard Maxell

Thank you for the great memories of Munz Lakes! VERY fond childhood memories. My parents would take me, my brother and sister and a big, round army surplus tent, Coleman stove, sleeping bags etc. We'd spend a week or two. We did this for at least 3 or 4 summers. I remember the rowboats, fishing for catfish, the jukebox, the snack store, the swimming pool, the dances at night. I can still picure the girl at the next campsite: My first crush? Looking back on it, Munz Lakes probably was the only place around where family like mine could afford to provide their children with such experiences. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories! Says Chris Anderson

I worked there in the Summer. I had trash detail and cleaned the restrooms. Not a lot of fun, but as a kid I was able to make some money to pay for gas at 30 cents a gallon. The dance floor was cool, lots of slow dances on the weekends !!! Says Mike Kurth

My mother would bring my brothers and myself here for 3 weeks at a time. We would spend time with my mother's cousins. I remember the freedom of running around and doing whatever we kids do. I remember the jute box and seeing movies outside. The pool seemed so huge. I loved this place. Such great memories... Says Yolanda

I stayed at Munz Lake most every summer weekend in the 60s. We had a Shasta trailer and took our bicycle-built-for-two. I remember the giant dance floor and jukebox. The great big pool with an island that had a fountain. The rowboats, the outdoor movies were fun. I remember how they would take a candy on a stick and put it up high so the bees would bother it and not the people below. The Tom's vending machines. The old style mens urinal (crazy). The kid's playground. The soft macadam in the sun. Lots of fun there! Says Charlie H.

We stayed at Munz every weekend. Sometimes for two weeks at a time. I remember that grand old farmhouse, with its huge dance floor, and the basement casino, and washing beer mugs and glasses with Conrad, Eli Munz grandson, and shooting at ferrul cats from Conrad's upstairs bedroom window, and so much more. There was Joe and Thelma, who helped run the resort, their kids Diane, who I had a secret crush on, Steve and little Joe. All those years of memories are like magic dreams. So much that once was, is now lost... Terry. Says Terry Likens

I would love some pictures of it too! Our family camped here in the 50's and 60's. I have such good memories of the place. The pool with the high dive, fishing, catching frogs and hiking around. Says Leslie

Ah yes... I remember the big Jukebox. At least it was big as compared to me! I remember listening to the Rolling Stones on it as well as others. Says Pete

Yes, I would love to see pics of it. We used to go every year back in the 60's. They had a big jukebox and dance floor, great pool! We had so much fun ! Says Vicki

Munz lake was a great place to camp back in the 1960's. My parents use to take us there. Fishing and a nice sized pool on the east end. I think that's all gone now. If anyone out there has pictures, could you please upload to this web site ? I'd sure appreciate it. Says Camper



Ray, you come close to bringing tears to my eyes with your words--reaction, because those days were truly remarkable---wonderful..... I hug you with great affection, as I did both brother & cousin Franks at that time. Reflecting on those summer outings, I can bring it all back with perfect recall--clarity; even our conversations.... Much of it was about looking to hook up with the many young ladies (really girls) that were everywhere, and interested in hooking up with us.... As I put down in one of my poems, ''it was spawning time. '' though in truth, it was the Franks doing all the spawning...

Yes, Dad purchased that 1953 Chevrolet new, with its two tone powder blue below & white roof. GM was big on two tone paint jobs back then....

Again yes, there were a number of couples that we had met in Yosemite that joined up with us at Munz Lake, Joe & Ruth Pizzata with their two very young daughters being one, Jane & Carl Smith ( Mom worked with Jane at Douglas Aircraft. ), along with uncle Sam & aunt Nancy with cousin Frank; and cousin Mary Ann was in the mix with us boys, with both parents uncle Suby & aunt Rose & little cousin Rosemarie. Everyone pitched in making large meals, especially those dinners that became magical, with mom & aunts making their real Italian pizzas with pasta & meat balls thrown into the mix with incredible tossed salads etc---etc. - Charles Gibilterra
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- Charles Gibilterra
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- Charles Gibilterra
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What memories of Munz Lake ~~~ - Charles Gilbiterra
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What memories of Munz Lake ~~~ - Charles Gilbiterra
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What memories of Munz Lake ~~~ - Charles Gilbiterra
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Hi David, John my brother sent me this link. My mother was Phyllis Munz. I belive we have communicated in the past. I was the kid who ran the Gift Shop, rented oars for the boats, also cleaned the seven restrooms, not to mention washing dished for the Locust Tree Grill and Manzanita Room. What a wonderful life experience. I did not know my older brother Conrad was shooting cats out the window. Not going there with the shooting situation. The attached pic is the house where we grew up. Email me. - Alan Damann
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I remember '' Play with fire'' by the stones on that jukebox.I went there in the 60's many times. Later it became Manzanita Hills park.Today its Paul Newmans '' Painted turtle resort'' for terminal children.Here is a great picture. Write me. DLMASSEY22@YAHOO.COM - David Massey
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