Pupster boy 1’s 11th birthday was January 28th, and his fondest wish for the last two years has been a visit to a water park (Aquarius, big time water baby) . Last year we drove 2 hours to Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio. It was a pretty awesome place…expensive, but we all had a lot of fun.
This year, a “new” water park opened up at a nearby Holiday Inn about 30 minutes away. Fort Rapids is a western-themed indoor water park resort in Columbus, Ohio. The Holiday Inn is probably 35-40 years old, but was renovated along with the addition of the water park, restaurant, luxury suites and meeting rooms.
The renovations to the hotel were primarily aesthetic, new paint, carpet, and wall paper. The doors, tub, and fixtures were what you would expect in an older Holiday Inn. There are many murals of old west towns painted on the walls in the common areas, and lots of leather and rough-hewn timbers for effect. I like a theme taken all the way as much as the next cowboy, but I thought the wallpaper in our bathroom may have been overboard.
The water park was very nice; clean, well designed, lots of neat stuff for the kids. The staff was excellent; very friendly and helpful. The park was not crowded on Friday night or Saturday morning, no long waits for water slides or the restaurant. The only bottleneck was the elevators, only 3 cars for 12 floors.
I kept up with Pupster boy 1 as long as I could on my bum ankle, but after a few hours I had to let him go on his own. I stuck around within visual range, and noticed a strange and sad new development. When he and I were together, we moved around a lot, from the slides to the playground to the lazy river to the water basketball courts.
When I turned him loose, he just wanted to hang out in a pool with giant floating rafts. It took me a while to realize…Pupster boy 1 likes to look at girls. Girls, in bikinis, who climb on giant floating snakes.
*sigh* I’m not ready to have “the talk” yet. Maybe some soy milk and tea tree oil would slow things down a bit?