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It was Wild Waves 2008: Cold and Unhappy - Elf M. Sternberg
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It was Wild Waves 2008: Cold and Unhappy
Well, we tried to have fun with our annual weekday trip to the Wild Waves theme park here in the Greater Seattle area. tabbifli, who organizes the yearly event, even moved it back a few weeks to make it more into the summer period when, supposedly, we're going to have nicer weather.

Unfortunately, the weather has been completely lously this summer. You know how we Seattlites joke that it rains all the time? It's not entirely true: we do have glorious summers, usually. They only last about eight weeks, but usually they're eight weeks of perfectly gorgeous weather. This year, though, the weather has been fundamentally awful, and I think our total for good days has been around two weeks' worth. Otherwise, it has been cloudy, overcast, chilly, and occasionally wet.

Yesterday was no exception. It started with us getting dressed and ready to go. Yamaraashi-chan put on pants and a t-shirt to go out, and had her arms wrapped around herself. In what has become a typical exchange, I said, "Are you cold?"

"Yes," she said.

"Then put a sweater on."

"Why?"

Bother. Anyway, we made it to Wild Waves on time, and learned that four members of the party hadn't made it, but there were still enough of us to make the trip worthwhile. We went in and, after getting lockers, did the dry rides. The first was the Wild Thing roller-coaster, which got stuck going up to the first drop, and Kouryou-chan got all freaked out and wanted off. We got off, but she was very upset and didn't want to try it again even though the maintenance people said it was just a computer glitch and the ride was working.

We walked over to the Disk'O Flashback, which is more of a proper "amusement ride." It's actually a very simple design: a U-shaped rocker-rail pushes a car back and forth, up into the air. Pretty simple, but in this case, the car is a disk that rotates, sending you into a figure-eight motion that either thrills you or makes you very motion sick. Sadly, littleone66 got very motion-sick, and kendaer and I had to help her off the thing and to a park bench to recover.


Kouryou-chan and friend on the Timberhawk
By then, Kouryou-chan had recovered enough to ride the Timberhawk, the other roller-coaster, and she and her new best friend forever roared down the thing having a much better time of it. You can see in the photo how overcast and grey it was, and it pretty much stayed that way until we left.

We walked down to Enchanted Gardens proper, the "kiddie rides," to let the littlest boy in our group have his rides. We had lunch. Yamaraashi-chan and I had Subway sandwiches, which were $11 each (man, they really rip you off in these parks, don't they?). I got a chance to talk with littleone66 about books that might be appropriate for her kidlet about Yamaraashi-chan's age (who couldn't come as she was at summer camp), and encouraged her to dare her kids to read stuff beyond their tender years.

We tried to do the water rides. We really did. We went around the Konga River a few times and hung out in the wave pool, but it really was too cold for more than that and we spent a lot of time retreating into the hot tub where my female companions chided me for letching at all the cute young things wandering around "far too obviously," and was told outright that guys cannot be subtle about it.


It's a love-lick
Eventually, though, we gave up and headed out. We went to our traditional post-park dinner at The Olive Garden, which was nice. lisakit was able to join us for dinner, and it was nice to be able to sit down, although while we were there all of us admitted to waves of exhaustion. I didn't think we'd done that much, but I was even more tired, and my knee hurt far more, than when Omaha and I hiked miles and miles earlier this month.

Everyone hit the showers when we got home, and Omaha admitted to as much exhaustion as I felt. The girls insisted they weren't tired, but were out soon after going to bed.

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shunra From: shunra Date: July 31st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rose does the same thing about sweaters. She wears a poncho (incredibly soft, lovingly hand-knit in colors and texture she picked herself) and that tends to work. We also have issues with socks. (Compromise, she carries around a pair of socks in her backpack. Always. And *never* puts them on.)

I've sent you an email demonstrating the extent of the problem pictorially.

elfs From: elfs Date: July 31st, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good grief. Kouryou-chan at least knows what cold is. Yamaraashi-chan gets cold, she just refused to do anything about it!
shunra From: shunra Date: August 1st, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Rose knows what cold is, too, at least on an intellectual level.

She hasn't experienced it herself, but she knows that when she's walking around a Christmas market in Italy with her dad, and he is scolded in Italian (which neither of them speaks) by one or more local ladies of a certain age, it probably means that they feel cold and she should put something on to make them feel better.
lisakit From: lisakit Date: August 1st, 2008 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! My Gram was always doing that to us. "I'm cold, put a coat on."
lisakit From: lisakit Date: August 1st, 2008 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
That still doesn't make me feel better about having to miss it. 60-70 degrees is perfect for playing in a water park. And no nasty yellow orb to burns you. 80-90 is when you head for the glacial run-off places. ;p

Hope you weren't too exhausted today.
littleone66 From: littleone66 Date: August 1st, 2008 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, but we had fun! :)

I'm still disappointed in the lack of age appropriate good looking male bodies running around!!!
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: August 2nd, 2008 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry I couldn't make it this year, despite the bad weather.
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