Kemah Boardwalk, part 4
One of the rides that we had really looked forward to going on was the wooden rollercoaster, “the Boardwalk Bullet”. Grandpa Ron and the boys didn’t go on it, but everyone else did, once. It was quite the ride, going 50+ mph, a 92 foot drop, and a lot of bone-jarring, head-ache inducing, whiplash type of stuff going on. Daelynn and I went back in the afternoon and rode it a couple of additional times. We tried one run sitting in the front of the ride and one in the back of the ride. I liked going in the front better as you could see where you were going and anticipate things a little more.
The train ride was interesting and it took you all around the boardwalk area. Since the boardwalk is owned and run by a restaurant company, there was quite a lot of restaurant advertising during the tour, and indeed there were a lot of restaurants handy.
The Rockin’ Rocket was a fun ride for the younger set; it didn’t get too exciting, but we went on it a few times.
I don’t have a picture of it, but some of us (Dad, Danaya, Daelynn, and Mikaela) went on one ride a handful of times. It was one where you were belted in, and then were lifted up a pole and dropped from a couple of hundred feet up (it felt like about half a mile, but I don’t think it was that high) to free-fall for a couple of seconds before
splatting on the pavement being brought to a gradual halt.
Another one of the fun rides was the boat swing, in this case with a Pharoah theme. The first time that I went on it I was with Brock. It was a little much for Brock and he hung on for dear life.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 3
One of the rides which everyone went on was the “WipeOut”. It was one where you go in a circle, sometimes at quite an angle, sometimes forwards, sometimes backwards, and sometimes really, really fast (in which the person on the outside gets squished). We ended up with lots of pictures of Wipeout rides, so here are a bunch of them.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 2
I found some additional pictures that fit in with the first post, so I’m posting those before we move on to some of the other rides.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 1
Way back when (oh, about a year or more ago) we had promised the kids that we would go and spend a day enjoying the rides at Kemah Boardwalk. Grandpa Ron’s visit, coupled with nice weather and Ben being able to take a day off work seemed a propitious time to fulfill that promise and enjoy a great day of fun together. Rather than one big post (which I’ve started a couple of times but keep running into technical difficulties), I’m going to make this into a bunch of posts, so bear with me. On Thursday, April 10th we made the trip, purchased all day ride passes for all (well, we did make Grandpa Ron buy his own pass) and had a great time.
Here we go with pictures and stories…
The first ride that we went on all together was the Ferris wheel.
Lori and Davison up in the air
After the first ride, we sort of split up. Lori and Grandpa Ron took the young lads to the double decker carousel. The girls headed off to one of the more exciting rides – the Flare, which I don’t have a good picture of (but you can see it in the background in this picture – it’s the loop structure in the background). And despite it looking like Brock has face planted a post, he survived the ride just fine.
I caught the girls getting off the ride, which they seem to have survived. The lineups to get on this ride (and just about all of the others) were just about non-existent, so it was usually a matter of getting off, walking around the ride, and then getting back on again. We (not including Lori, Grandpa Ron, Davison and Brock) went on this ride a bunch of times. It was a little stomach churning, and there were times when you hung motionless upside down, but it was great fun.
But back to the carousel…
And that is it for post 1, the iPad isn’t handling the pictures and editing all that well, so we’ll see how quickly I can get the next post up.
Discovery Green Park and Saying Goodbye
Feeling a little melancholy tonight…
…said goodbye to my dad, after one of the nicest visits we’ve ever had…
…thinking of and praying for many folks going through trials of ill health, loss, grief.
So here are a some cheerful pics of our last few days.
Dad goes to the basketball games
i spent the day today at a customer briefing day with Dell. The day is ending at the Dell corporate suite at NRG Stadium watching two of the NCAA March Madness tournament. The first game is UCLA vs Gonzaga; the second game being Duke vs Utah.
Some of us were here at the stadium at the rodeo a couple of weeks back. It’s quite amazing the difference from the large dirt span back then to the court now.
A Few of Daelynn’s Cool Shots From Our Field Trip
At Hermann Park and Houston Health Museum
Brock thought some creativity was in order at the Houston Health Museum.
Davison and Brock looking relaxed despite being inside a giant mouth.
Davison and Brock on the fence about whether this was a good spot to stop for a snack
The girls enjoyed the spot.
On the park train
Selfies with my (not so) little guys
The Amoeba Playground (our name)…
…in all it’s glory
The chair swings were way too fun and comfy.
Brock: “I’m just like a guy who works in a gift shop. I’m decorating gift wrap.”
Notice that the sticker on his back assures us that he is Organic, thanks to sister Mikaela’s apple.
So fun doing lessons with this guy
Heidi makes Dutch Babies for our lunch.
You probably can’t see the cute little green frog in Brock’s net, but he is there.
Davison enjoys a spring day
Some backyard views
Behind the rosemary plant is one of our new baby Meyer lemon trees.
Our new baby pomegranate tree
More babies: a blueberry bush, a lime tree, and a Meyer lemon tree
Our two baby peach trees
And, sadly, our dead tree
Afternoon of the wildflowers
Rainy days with friends and a crackling fire
Thanks for joining me as I roam through a few weeks of pics!