This morning we had breakfast with our R. E. Ginna crew of friends before saying goodbye to Dan & Emily, Dan, and Ken. I still can’t believe that you all came down on such short notice. You guys are great friends, and this was a very memorable weekend.
We couldn’t come to Orlando without spending at least one day at a theme park. Which park? The one with the best roller coasters, Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Another cold day, but it worked in our favor this time; no line was longer than a 5 minute wait. We could usually walk right onto the rides. Brendon, Bob, and I hit every adult coaster: The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall, and The Dragon Challenge. All three were extremely exhilarating; you never get too old! Meanwhile, Shannon and John found the most intense ride of them all.
Brendon was all too willing to go on all rides. Between the two of us we decided that we should also hit the water rides: Rip Saw Falls and Jurassic Park River Adventure. How wet can you really get? We were soaked!! Between the cold weather and our wet clothes, it was pretty chilly when the sun set. There was a giant dryer which we used to help dry off; it took me from soaked to damp.
Tracey, you should be proud of John. He went from vowing not to partake in a single ride to joining us on The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Although not roller coasters, the rides shake and roll in sync with movie screens that make it feel even more intense. For a guy who thinks nothing of riding a motorcycle over 100 mph, I’m shocked by his fear of rides?? Not sure if I am getting old, or my condition is effecting me, but by the end of the day my head and stomach were scrambled. Combined with a sore leg from all of the walking, I was ready to get back to Aaron’s house.
Ryan, Makiko, and family will be leaving tomorrow, so tonight would be our last night together as a family for now. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a family picture in front of the Christmas tree.
John has challenged me to get a tattoo. In the past I would not have even considered this. However, I have been a lot more open to adventure outside of my normal bounds. So, I’m looking for input. Tattoo, yes/no? Of what? I have my own ideas, but am interested in your thoughts.