On Saturday, July 11, Anna June's fun thing was a big one - we went to the water park! Alabama Splash Adventure, formerly Alabama Adventure, formerly Visionland, has been on our wish list since it opened around Memorial Day, but we just had not made it there.
Of course, we waited until it was so super hot that it was almost no fun. But the water did feel good.
I got the trip off to a bad start. That morning, I decided to run an errand for the school - a team of volunteers from Church of the Highlands had chosen Avondale School as a work site for their Serve Day, and they would be helping teachers move classrooms, repainting bathrooms, and other various tasks. I showed up with some trash bags and Clorox wipes, helped the teacher/coordinator unload some things from her car, and then left. I had promised my kid we were going to the water park! As a result, I didn't spend time packing properly. I forgot my flip-flops (which I don't like anyway) and extra shorts. We were sort of doomed from the beginning.
After we had breakfast, and walked around at Avondale Park's Park in the Park car show on the way. AJ enjoys this event and it is always cool to see such well-preserved antique cars. AJ liked the VW bus "Mystery Machine"
Warrior River (my favorite)
We tried to go to Splashdown. Ben went down, and when it was AJ's turn, she absolutely refused to go down the slide. I didn't blame her, so we went back down all those stairs!
Later, we attempted to go to the Wipeout, and obstacle course, but when we got near the front of the line, the ride became "temporarily closed."
Disgusted and hot, we decided to skip the rest of the rides and call it a day.
We saw some truly horrible tattoos, smelled some truly horrible body odor, and were truly horrified at ourselves when we could not locate our car in the parking lot. It is probably a good thing we did not take any pictures. We all looked rough and red from sunburn by the time it was over.
But we were glad we went. It gave us insight that we're not ready for Six Flags yet - Ben has grown to hate theme parks and AJ does not have the patience for the extreme heat.
Maybe next year.
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