So when was the last time you had a serious make out session? I mean seriously sucking face like a teenager?! And where were your favorite make out spots as a youngster? Many of us native 'Burquenos know that some of the best places are gone, but the memories linger on.
On this eve of Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to remember some of those romantic spots where the kissing went on forever. I asked friends and family where some of their favorites were. It seems that the drive-in was a hot bed of activity. Steamy windows gave you a somewhat private sanctuary to kiss the night away. Here’s what a friend said:
“Well when I was a kid we liked the drive-in movie theater... I remember I was a junior in high school and I went with my friend and these two guys . They put us in the trunk of the car to get in - too expensive to pay I guess!! And then we made out with them. The guy I kissed was a football player with bubble gum - all I remember were the bubble gum kisses!!! “
Parks were another playground for the amorous times of our youth. There were a couple of parks that were mentioned over and over again – Itchycoo Park (San Gabriel Park), Pat Hurley Park, and my favorite – Hidden Park. I remember a fateful night of playing spin the bottle there! (Sorry, no details on that one. I don’t kiss and tell!)
And on the East Side of town these were some favorite spots:
"The house made out of rocks in the foothills right by the Piedra Lisa trail. It was a party place. “
"North of Montgomery Blvd where Morris is now, used to be little dirt roads all around the mesa area there."
"The Dam N. of Montgomery E of Juan Tabo, before houses."
"The white wash at the end of Menaul Blvd. at the foothills."
The West Side, before all the development, had infinite make out spots:
“The catwalk at West Mesa High School in the rafters above the stage of the performing arts center during plays. And the costume closet!”
“On top of 9-mile-hill there used to be a rest area…another great make out place. You could see the entire city from up there. It was beautiful. You could park up there, but now it is all bulldozed over.”
“There’s an old cottonwood on the ditch banks west of Polytechnic that has some great sunsets!”
“Well I would say on the west side near the river and arroyo was the best place to make out. Everyone was always going near the river - kind of romantic to park and make out down there. I dated the quarterback of the football team and it was like the perfect romantic late 70's moment - by the truck... him in his letter jacket with my arms wrapped around him, leaning against the truck, listening to KQEO. It was young love and God has paid me back for dumping him ever since.”
“Not an easy place to get to, but well worth the climb. On the very top of the "J" volcano is a gorgeous view of the Duke City day or night. This was when you could go up there at night. Now they have a security guard and it closes at 5pm. But oh, the times I had up there! Making out and doing what comes naturally.”
And then there are some more curious places:
“Any barn loft or bean bag chair.”
“The Gazebo in Old Town.”
"The State Fair"
And that’s where much of the magic happened in old 'Burque. But I suspect that we’ve forgotten a few places…