I didn't take the camera. No photos. Those are all strangers in the photos below. Just thought I'd get that out there at the beginning.
Last week my friend Sarah asked if we would be interested in going to the waterslides (Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park) with them. I was a little reluctant because I didn't want to ruin their family fun, but she talked me into it and I'm glad.
If I was on vacation in Hawaii for a week, Hawaiian Waters wouldn't be on my short list of things to do, but it is advertised as the #1 Kamaaina Family Attraction (local family attraction) so if you're here a little longer, like us, and want to spend your tax refund (why do water parks cost so much?) it could be fun.
We started off our day with the kids going on the scariest ride in the park. The Cliffhanger. I like to call it the wedgie-maker. Sydney was fearless and went for it. Hannah had to be talked into it. A little peer pressure did the trick. And once she went down she loved it and went several times. I did not go on it at all.
While the big kids were going down a waterfall John, Emily and I raced down the Volcano Express. John kept asking if it was a real volcano. No John, just cement, okay buddy? He and Emily laid down on their mats and I pushed them off before they had a chance to change their minds. Emily went again, John and I did not.
John and I and Sarah and her little ones spent a lot of the day in the kiddie pools. The water slides were just the right size for John and kept the kids happy for hours while we took turns on the other attractions.
Sarah totally tricked me into going on the wickedly scary Shaka ride. It is like a giant half-pike with water. The fact that the ride worker was wearing a parachute harness was not comforting. But Sarah made me (peer pressure, again) and I'm a teensy bit proud of myself for not chickening out and crawling down the stairs. Hannah said I had my mouth wide open in a silent scream the whole way. (hawt, as usual.) I only did that ride once.
It was a fun start to our Spring Break. The park wasn't too full. The sidewalk wasn't too hot. And we had a great time. The kids are all excited about going back when Nathan comes home...
Tomorrow = egg dying, laundry, and sewing. Not quite as exciting as today.