One of the things we have historically done on vacation is head to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari Park in Old Forge, NY. Late August is not typically a good time to go to a water park. My brother-in-law and I deal with the chilly temps by making jokes. This is what we do best (yes, pretty pathetic). I was not excited to see that today’s projected high, yes high temperature, in Old Forge was 63. I don’t know about you, but the thought of a water park in 63 degrees does not fill me with joy.
It was about 63 when we left just before 8 am. I drove my brother-in-law’s G6 with CavSon in the back seat with a few of his older cousins. My brother-in-law and I enjoyed some Rez Band. I hadn’t heard much Rez Band recently since my Rez Band CDs were stolen in 1995. I’d forgotten how good a guitarist Glenn Kaiser is. I may have to pick up a few discs.
Along the way I had to slow down for a doe in the road, and her fawn. I wish I had a camera. They were beautiful. The fawn scampered back into the woods as we drew near. Later we saw a young buck with small velvety antlers grazing along the side of the road.
When we arrived at the Enchanted Forest it was 60 degrees, tops. Real exciting. Thankfully there are other rides not involving water there. The kids wanted to ride the Sky Ride, so their uncle and I took them. It may have taken a few years off of my life. Suddenly I’m a dad knowing his squirmy son is liable to do something really stupid and plummet to the ground. Not so much fun. But they enjoyed it.
Then they wanted to ride the train to the other side of the park. We neglected to tell CavWife when we passed overhead the 2nd time. Oh well. On the other side the kids suddenly wanted to ride other rides. They have crossed the line- suddenly rides are exciting to them.
On the other hand, I’ve crossed the other line. Suddenly the Tilt-a-Whirl nearly became the Tilt-a-Hurl. That was added by the operators giving rides 2x (at least) as long as normal due to the smallish crowd. A few years ago I realized life had changed after riding the Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler & Round-Up consecutively without waiting in line nearly made me lose breakfast.
The little girl suddenly wanted to go on the Bumper Cars. Huh? Where did THAT come from? On the way they went on the helicopter ride. By now CavWife had caught up to us. Then, the bumper cars. Somehow I was the only man on the ride. I shifted into alpha dog mode, wrecking havoc on the women and girls while an evil sounding laugh persistently came out of my mouth. Yes, the great evil in my heart had erupted in destructive, dominating driving. It was sweet.
The kids rode a few more kiddie rides, and that is when the first wave of showers passed by. Now it was wet, and chilly. More chilly in fact. We enjoyed a snack during the rain. All the kids wanted to ride the train, so 10 kids took to the train- with 1 adult. Yes, we dumped them on the single woman. Didn’t mean to…