Spring Break

A belated update.

Our Spring Break was the week before last, which was for the most part a week of decently nice weather.

We did some geocaching.

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Over the course of the week we looked for 10 caches and found 8. One of the two we didn’t find was a puzzle one and I really need to just give up on those when DH isn’t with us.

He’s the only one of us that can read a compass and map.

The puzzle resolution was to walk 320 feet from the starting coordinates (which we did find) at 114 degrees.

Yeah, I have no clue what that means. My best guess had us headed in the opposite direction of what the hint told us and logistically the only place where something could be hidden and remain that way.

The other one I think is just missing.

Both were at the neighboring county’s parks & rec field complex, where the boys have several baseball games in the coming weeks, so we will solve that puzzle next time we are down there.

Though we will have to put off looking in the area because we will be there on a Saturday while all 5 fields are in use and it would look decidedly odd for us to be clambering all over the metal bleachers, looking over and under and through everything, while people are sitting there watching the game.

“It’s a treasure hunt” we usually tell the curious

We also went to the library

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watched movies

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and discovered that a ski resort just over the mountain from us (ok, its 2 hour drive. It’s a big mountain) has one of these in their water park

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Yep, a FLOW RIDER! My very favoritest thing ever in a water park!

It’s half again the width of the one at Great Wolf Lodge

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This means you can stand up on the board and ride (assuming you are capable of such things, which I am totally not. yet.).  There were two guys there who did the standing ride thing and another one who did lots of hot shot tricks & they are either locals or staff, going by the conversations with the various lifeguards. 

Also unlike GWL they put a guard at the bottom of the ride & that guard gives you hints and suggestions for tricks to try while you are riding. They also drag kids who for reasons of weight or skill immediately drift over to the edge and off the ride, back into the center so they can get a better ride

Plus, if you wipe out early in your turn they LET YOU GO AGAIN!

While this is spectacular good news if you are the one riding it is kind of annoying if you are waiting in line. There doesn’t seem to be a set time limit on how long you can ride or how often you can start over so 7 people ahead of you could mean an hour long wait. Whereas at GWL it’s maybe 15 minutes. 20 at the outside.

And the flow itself isn’t as strong or maybe as deep as at GWL. I could plant my hand on the bottom surface  and hold on to do side tricks easily. At GWL the force of the water dragged it too much to hold on.

The slides were great! Long & full of interesting turns & dips giving big splashdowns.  But the line discipline was non-existent. One set of stairs led up to an open space with 5 slides leading off of it. Three required 1-3 person inner tubes to ride and 2 did not allow tubes at all. Which you needed to know at the bottom, where the tubes are kept. The open space has nothing to form or direct the queues for the slides so basically you got up there and then had to wander around while asking everyone “Are you in line for the red tube? Oh this is the green line? Are *you* in line for the red tube? And you as well? No? Well, she says *that* is the line for the green tube over there.”

I really liked their tree fort.

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It actually stands in a a pool of about a foot of water and has some neat slides. Their ‘lazy river’ winds its way around it.

I’m sure it is a matter of what you are used to. If someone who only goes to this place went to GWL they would think the flow rider is too small, too fast & too short and the place is rather anal about forming proper lines for everything.

There was also baseball practice, meals out, late nights and lots of time playing Minecraft.

We had a good week for it. Unlike the poor souls currently on Spring Break, who are getting something closer to winter weather.

But no snow thankfully.

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2 comments to Spring Break

  • It sounds like you had a great week. I bet the kids really loved it.

  • Finally getting around to catch up with blog friends.
    Can I say, Stacey, that I’d love to see you in Hawaii taking a real surf lesson on real waves. You would LOVE it!
    Rinda