Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Study In Comparative Energy

Camp de-I was at capacity this weekend with the arrival of granddaughter 1.1 to join her cousin and soul mate 2.2 (they are just a few months apart in age and have always gotten along famously even though they don't see each other very often).  One of the top attractions at Camp de-I is the outing to The Hinkle Family Fun Center, which is not a full fledged amusement park but has a host of activities kids love and is just minutes from the Tower.

Wanting to beat the heat and the crowds we got there just when it opened at 10 AM and until around 1 PM there weren't a whole lot of people there.  This allowed us to do multiple repetitions of all the things they liked with very little waiting.  Wife and I participated to the greatest extent possible.  Over five hours this consisted of:
  • Bumper boats (my favorite because they have squirt guns and it turns into a free for all of soaking) - 4 times
  • Bumper cars - 4 times
  • Trampoline/Bungee jumping - 1 time
  • Go carts - 2 times
  • Laser tag - 4 times
  • Laser frenzy (crossing a laser beam space) - 2 times
 Wife and I managed to do all the bumper boat, bumper cars, and go carts (we had to drive).  I made it through 1 laser tag, Wife through a second.  We skipped the trampoline and laser frenzy.  By 3 PM we were exhausted.  1.1 and 2.2 were lining up there next few hours of activities.  The Grandparents pulled rank.

To add insult to injury (real injury as the jolting from the bumper cars and go carts had caused havoc with our various arthritis issues) while wife and I sat comatose in our chairs nursing a drink, the grand kids continued to play for hours more and finished up before going to bed with about an hour of dancing exercise!

They did sleep late the next morning.


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terri said...

It's funny how as a kid, those amusement parks were such a thrill. I used to love all of the rides. Now anything that goes too high or fast, spins, or jars the neck and back is out of the question. I guess that's pretty much everything. I might still be able to handle the merry-go-round.

It is impressive to see just how much energy those kids have!