Don’t Mind Me, I was on Safari

As a family, we are often on-the-go, but it’s not the average on-the-go stuff. We hike and climb and camp and swim. On vacations we are much more likely to stay in a tent or rustic cabin than a hotel, but we do try to mix it up now and then so the kids get to have a wide variety of experiences. It just so happened that earlier this week my husband had a conference for work at a nearby-ish resort, the Kalahari, and the kids and I were able to tag along on this little safari and stay with him. He had to attend meetings and dinners throughout our stay, but the kids & I got to have the resort vacation of their dreams.

The first evening, my daughter sat transfixed by the gas fireplace that appeared at the turn of a dial…

In case you didn’t recall, late last fall the kids had a few lessons on how to safely build a campfire, so this was quite a novelty.

Now while we’re lucky in that our local YMCA recently built a new building which includes a family pool with a water slide and a ‘lazy river’, those exciting things pale in comparison to this place’s all-out waterpark. The kids were totally floored.

IMG_8482It was really nice that we were there not on a weekend at a not too busy time of year as there weren’t too many people and lines for the water slides weren’t long. The kids & I spent the whole day at the waterpark — them playing, me trying not to lose one of them in the expanse of watery fun. Breaking only for a very late lunch which included a free cookie frosting event…

IMG_8490In which my daughter used roughly 2lbs of frosting before I could move her along. After letting their food settle, they were back at the waterpark until they could barely see straight and it was time to meet up with my hubby after his dinner meeting.

On day two, I took them the two of them to the indoor themepark (because when in the Kalahari, you do the whole Kalahari I think). They’ve been to arcades and things, but never anything like this. Mini-golf, go carts, a ferris wheel, and –their favorite…

IMG_8506The climbing wall. I think they spent at least 3hours on that thing (again, thanks to no lines).

There was the ropes course…

IMG_8499Which got very high and terrified both of them. They ended up turning around on their first attempt, but eventually made it through as a grand finale of their stay with the help of Mr Knitting Sarah…

Who also happens to be an eternal ham even in all his business casual glory.

You’d think I might have made more knitting progress with all the child watching, but since it was their first time there and my daughter just happens to be right at the ‘just too big’ for the little kid stuff and ‘barely big enough’ for the big kid stuff, I was keeping a pretty close eye on her. And I’ll admit that being in such a loud, busy environment is exhausting when you’re used to a very quiet life. I definitely hit the hay almost as soon as the kids did in the evening. Even still, I managed to get a bit of knitting done…

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Adding a couple scallops onto my Artesian shawl. And then on our first full day back, since Mr Knitting Sarah actually had a day off and as the kiddos were still super worn out we chose to just relax at home and I made some real progress…

IMG_8542In what will be my 5th and final scallop (plus there’s a chart 2 to finish the shawl out), I’m currently trying not to acknowledge that I may be in for an epic game of yarn chicken. I’ll worry about that another day though — now that we’ve all unwound from this epic safari, it’s time to unpack (and maybe finish up this shawl…).

5 responses to “Don’t Mind Me, I was on Safari

  1. We have driven by the Kalahari many times and I’ve thought each time I’d love to take the Grands one day when they are a few years older. Happy to see the interior rather than the exterior at 65mph! Thanks for sharing the photos. 🙂

    • There’s a lot for little ones, but personally I will love it when mine are just a smidge older so I won’t worry quite so much about getting separated. They loved it though!

  2. What a fun time you all had! I know you know all about things 🙂 knitting and I’m starting to get the bug to learn color work – basically for mittens I think. Could you recommend a good book for me to start with? Not that I don’t love knitting socks, but it’s time to add a few quivers to the old bow!

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