Friday, June 4, 2010

Fletcher Family Vacation 2010

For those of you interested, here is a rundown of our vacation this year. Pictures are still being developed from the "water camera" so nothing to post just yet. Stay tuned for those...

Friday: Got up, dropped off movies before we left town. Picked up rental car in Marion and headed for Evansville. Got to Evansville, ate lunch at Chic-A-Fill-A and it was great. Went to the Evansville Zoo and it was amazing!! Cost a bit to get in, but parking was free and all the attractions inside the zoo were free except for the was $2 a person. Finished at the zoo and went to CiCi's Pizza for dinner. Love that place!! After dinner went to the Baymont Inn to spend the night. Played in the pool for a hour or so then went up to the room and passed out.

Saturday: Got up, went to IHOP for breakfast because we had never been there. It was a bit pricey but some great food for sure! Left breakfast and headed for Holiday World without telling the girls where we were going. Got to the parking lot...and the girls freaked out. The thought we were just driving by to torture them with the when we actually parked and told them to get out they were STOKED!!! Honestly the most excited I have ever seen them!! Anyway, we went into Holiday World around 10am and honestly did not come out until 8pm that night. Not even once...not even to stop for lunch. These kids were not leaving until we forced them to, it was great. Chelsea and Alexis were thrill seekers, they rode the Pilgrim's Plunge and The Legend roller coaster. Rebecca was not so fond of the "fast rides" so she only rode a couple family water slides and a TON of the kids rides. Honestly she was a trooper and tried almost everything we asked her to. Once we finally left Holiday World, we went straight to the hotel, found our room, then ran into town to get lunch/dinner at Rally's. The girls chowed down on their food and literally passed out once we hit the hotel that night. We really wore them out this day.

Sunday: Everyone was wiped out from Holiday World so we slept in until almost 9. Sadly, we were in a different time zone in this hotel so we slept in until 10 their time. Check out was at 11, so we had to hustle to get us all ready, packed and out of there in an hour. Which means we did not get to use the pool at this hotel, but I wasn't too sad about that once I got a good look at the pool... to put it mildly, I was pretty upset that I spent money on this hotel for sure. Once we left we headed for Marengo Cave. On the way there we stopped at a little "mom and pop" diner for lunch. Some of the BEST fried chicken I have ever had. After lunch we took the 3 minute drive on to the cave. Talk about was crazy busy when we got there, but to our surprise, we only waited for 20 minutes for our tour of the cave. I figured the girls would enjoy the tour, but they more that liked it...they wanted so badly to go on the 2nd tour I felt bad telling them no. Instead we decided to do some gemstone mining at the cave. They each got their own bag of dirt, sand, rocks, and gems. They gave them these screens and running "spring water" to pan for gems was a lot of fun and the girls loved it. Each one of them got some really cool gems as well. I was shocked that they actually got pieces of garnets, emeralds, obsidian, pyrite, rubies, and some quartz. Ask them some time to show's pretty cool. After the mining, it was time to move on to our last city...Corydon Indiana. We drove there and first looked for a hotel. Once we found that we unpacked and went to our next stop, black-light putt putt golf at Golf Shores Fun. Talk about amazing!!! Everything looked so weird and was set up to look like we were in the ocean...very nice. After golf we went to an old time ice cream shoppe and got some taffy and ice cream. We then went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and it began to rain. Instead of letting the weather ruin our fun, we went back to the hotel and played Yahtzee with the girls until midnight. It was one of the best nights ever!!

Monday: We got up pretty early this day to get our free breakfast at the hotel. Pretty yummy, and it was hot food!! After breakfast we went swimming in the CHILLY pool for a bit, then packed up the car and checked out. We began our trip home with a stop at the custard shop in town. Culvert's was pretty good, but still no where near as good as Andy's for sure!!! We then left Corydon and headed toward Illinois. We took a different route home though to see if we found anything neat along the way. We crossed a couple really creepy bridges along the way, found Garden of the Gods and had to stop. Amazzzing sights here people. I never knew just how cool these rock formations were, but man was I missing out. We had to cut the walk a bit short though because it started to thunder and lightening and I got freaked out. Back on the road, we saw an AMAZING rainbow (two even) that I will just have to show you to make you believe it. Anyway, it was great and the girls were in AWE of it. We continued home, and finally got there, dropped off our stuff, returned the rental car, played a game of Yahtzee with the girls, and again PASSED OUT from exhaustion.

I know it isn't much, but I wanted to document just a little of what went on in our vacation this year. Partly because I know some people are interested and would like to read it, but mostly because I know how easily I forget things and I truly want to remember this vacation for EVER!! Have a great week everyone!!