Mudding in East Orange County with the VanderLeys, circa 1977

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Mudding in East Orange County with the VanderLeys, circa 1977

Mudding in East Orange County with the VanderLeys, circa 1977

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jtracy
August 3, 2017

I remember I had a younger brother that was mischievous. I remember he and some of his buddies- you know we get these huge torrential rain storms in the summer - and he and some of his buddies decided they would create a playground for us to enjoy. So they blocked off the storm drain. But they blocked off the storm drain and the water backed up so that down by the storm drain you were about waist deep in water. And then they pulled out the john boats. The streets were full of water. The yards were full of water. They paddled through the streets. And people were riding their bikes into it and all of that. And so, that was a great deal of fun...

Listen as Orange County Commissioner Betsy VanderLey recalls the fun of growing up in the Conway area and enjoying the beauty and wildness of Florida nature in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Commissioner VanderLey and her mother, Kay VanderLey, at the Orlando Public Library on April 14, 2017.   

LISTEN Part I (19:55)

Photo courtesy of the VanderLey Family Archives.

 

 

 

 

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