Heading out around the rest of the park, I had the inevitable flashback to the Brady Bunch episode where the kids lost Mike's blueprints on a ride. That also ages me significantly, I realize...but at one point, watching a girl run to catch up with her family, I could swear it was Marcia Brady running with the poster tube across the park. (That was, of course, Kings Island, NOT Kings Dominion, but when I was a kid, I thought it was really impressive that I recognized so many of the park features.) Writing this, though, I realize that other than the log flume and the White Water Canyon, I didn't ride anything else the entire day. Good thing the boy got his money worth and is still brave enough for the Rebel Yell (which I used to LOVE!), the Grizzly, and the huge ferris wheel (and that his father was willing to ride with him).
Notes to Self for the Next Trip:
- Ugly, sturdy sandals are not kind to my feet. Give me my flip-flops any day.
- Knowing that dinosaurs are robotic does not lesson one's hesitation to turn one's back to them (especially after seeing Jurassic Park recently).
- Pack at least one meal to avoid having to sell a kidney to buy lunch. (We bought lunch, but had dinner packed in a cooler in the car.) Ignore the rule about bringing in snacks and pack some granola bars!
- Buy the refillable "souvenir" cup. $10 seems like a lot at first, but when you can endlessly refill it, it's worth it, and way more preferable than $3.79 for a 20 oz. bottle! It was a lifesaver!
- Rent or borrow a kid for the day to ride things you're too much of a chickenshit to ride with your only child.
- Your kid will be more impressed by driving the "Model T" cars around the wooded track than by anything else. Save money, and let him drive the riding mower around the yard.
- Figure out why there's no apostrophe used in "Kings Dominion." (You know that drove me batshit crazy all day!)
- Steal some of the dog's Dramamine.