Monday, February 19, 2007

An amusing day

We started out small, with paddle boats and the kiddie roller coaster.

Then we let the girls go on the Tilt-a-Whirl, known here as the "Crazy Shells," which...well, let's just say that, ten years ago, it was a Tilt-a-Whirl that made Lisa and I face the fact that we might just be grownups. Fortunately, the girls still have iron stomachs.

Starry eyed.

Then we had our picnic lunch and shared the sandwich crusts with the fish in the paddle boat pond.

The park has an old fashioned "town" with small-scale municipal buildings, church, fire house, farm house, etc.

Going on the first weekend after school began was a good call. There were plenty of people there, but no really long lines for the rides. Except for this one. Had we known in advance that the line would be an hour long, we might have skipped it, but by the time we realized what we had gotten into, the girls were all excited about it, so we stuck it out. We were glad we did.

View from the top

Entrance to the park is free, and you can either get an all-day ride pass for $9, or buy individual ride tickets for about $0.90 each (some rides take two or three tickets). We went in thinking that Lisa and I would mainly just watch the girls go on a bunch of kiddie rides, but at the gate we made the decision to get all-day passes for the grownups too. That turned out to be a good decision because, as we soon learned, both girls are actually tall enough to go on almost all the rides in the park, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. We all got our money's worth out of our fees, and we ended up on a couple of rides that we hadn't necessarily expected to experience. Taking pictures during the ride below was out of the question, but here we are shortly after getting off...


Sandy February 20, 2007 8:00 AM  

Oh, PLEASE make this part of the retreat in '08! What a blast!

Lainey-Paney February 20, 2007 8:18 AM  

Looks like you all had sooooo much fun!

laylabean February 20, 2007 8:27 AM  

So much fun and such beautiful weather too! I'm glad you had a good day.

Jennifer February 20, 2007 8:34 AM  

Actually, it rained briefly just before we got on the raft ride, where we knew we were going to get splashed anyway, and then it started to actually rain while we were on that last ride, which made it easy to pack up and leave!

meredith February 20, 2007 9:24 AM  

It looks like your girls are having a great time with their Aunt. Except for the little girl's eyes peaking out in the last photo, they look a little scared. You couldn't get me on anything that went round and round really fast!

Jennifer February 20, 2007 10:32 AM  

She talks big about being scared of new rides, but in fact she's a bit of a ham and I can assure you she made that face because she knew Lisa had the camera out.

Once that ride finished loading and actually started spinning, all four of us ended up laughing so hard that the grownups really did get nauseous.

Made it even easier to pack up and leave!

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