Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 26th, 2010

We hit the road early Thursday morning. We had decided to try out an indoor water park at a hotel off the highway on our way home. The hotel was about 3 1/2 hours from Troy, MI in a town called Watervliet, MI. The indoor water park was called Surfari Joes. On the way to the hotel, we stopped at some chocolate shops to get truffles, fudge, and toffee. Our eyes were bigger then our stomachs. We ate so much chocolate that we about made ourselves sick (me and Nurse Marci).

I was really excited about the water park. They had a small shallow play area and a lazy river. I thought this would be perfect for Kinnick and Carver. We put our swimsuits on right away and headed down to the water park. I ended up being really disappointed. The shallow play area was really close to the jungle gym play area for small children. There was a huge bucket of water at the top of the jungle gym that would dump whenever it filled up. When it dumped, it splashed (poured) all over the play area. You were lucky if you didn't get flooded. The water was cold and Kinnick and Carver were turning purple. So, we decided to float down the lazy river. We got our tubes and climbed into the lazy river. Well, it wasn't a very "lazy" river. The river went very fast. This wasn't really a problem. The problem was that big kids and ADULTS were swimming in the lazy river - basically letting the river push them along. They would run into our tubes, pushing us into the walls (the river was barely wider then our tubes). The people were rude and acted like we were in the way on the tubes. I was afraid that some of the smaller children were going to get lodged between a tube and the side walls and drown. The staff didn't seem to care that this was going on, so we just bailed on the water park.

We went back to the room, cleaned up and headed to Silver Beach. The beach was great. There was a nice play area and tons of sidewalk to walk around the area. We had a great time, and it was minutes from our hotel (15 min).

Kinnick walking in the sand.

Carver sinking his toes in the sand.

The play area on the beach.

Kinnick and Carver on the Pier.

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