Thursday, August 15, 2013
Surviving water slides
Hot Springs was indeed hot – hotter than Holly Springs and the hottest temperatures we’d experienced this summer.
Pam, Emma, Erin and I took a brief vacation break last week before school started back this week. Andy was finishing up his summer job at Kirkwood, before returning to the University of Southern Mississippi, and could not go with us. It was our first trip to Hot Springs.
The main part of the plan was to go to the Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park. That was Erin’s top request and we were more than happy to oblige.
But Thursday night, I was sort of wishing I had not have been so brave.
Our day at the park started with the log rides. Those are always some of the best for families.
We got wet – totally soaked on the second one.
Then after riding it, Erin and I stood on the bridge as another group aboard the huge log hit the water. We got soaked again.
The park was not crowded. The lines were short.
I don’t do roller coasters and the like anymore. I did them in my younger days. Then once I got really sick on the Scream Machine at Six Flags in Atlanta, Ga. I haven’t been on many thrill rides since.
I did accompany Emma and Erin on most of the water slides. One was sort of a race. I won – most likely because I weighed the most.
Emma said most of the dads were helping their young children (like Erin) get off to a quick start. Instead, I was just looking out for myself. I told her it had to be that competitive side of the Burleson family shining through.
The next water slide was my last. There was no pad or inner tube for the ride for this one. And this slide did all types of curving while slanting downward rapidly. I hit the water at the bottom with “slide burns” on my legs, but somehow escaped without any on my back. I told Pam I would be sore the next morning, and actually I was sore earlier than that.
Probably the most enjoyable part of the whole park for our family was the new Splash Island, which just opened earlier this year. It’s a massive family water-play structure with dozens of ways to play, including a giant drenching bucket.
We stayed at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park for about seven hours. It was a blast.
As usual, we enjoyed great food on the vacation – starting with Mr. Whiskers, a local seafood restaurant, and ending with Vina Morita, a downtown restaurant serving authentic Mexican food.
We stayed in a condominium on Lake Hamilton, which was only a few minutes from most of the activities we enjoyed on the trip.
I spent most of Friday “chilling” or better yet “toasting” on the deck while the girls did some shopping.
All in all, it was another successful break from our daily routine. We only wish Andy could have been with us, too.
Erin returned to school Monday, a sixth grader at Marshall Academy. Andy, our college sophomore, is leaving Wednesday for USM. Emma, a recent USM graduate, will leave August 21 for a year’s work at Mission Arlington in Arlington, Texas.
Our summer is over. It’s back to somewhat normal.
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