Water Proof?

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Colonial KOA

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Another exciting day for the kids: Water Country water park adjacent to and owned by Busch Gardens.  Again, we're there for the opening and we rush the popular rides before the lines become painful.  It's a fairly large park with a variety of rides from single body slides to rafts holding all 4 of us at one time. We raced each other down water slides on mats, bobbed in wave pools and launched across the surface of pools on something resembling boogie boards.  The weather was great and we were having a very pleasant day.  The lines had reached the "ride is not worth the wait" point, Mid afternoon, and we finally stopped for lunch.  We had been through all the rides at least once anyway.  We were enjoying our lunch under a MESH umbrella when the park-wide loudspeaker blared "The rides are temporarily closed due to approaching severe weather."" We strongly suggest that you take cover immediately!" We suddenly found ourselves in the midst of a catastrophe movie.  The mob collectively shrieked and started to stampede to the exits.  We chuckled, watching the chaos.  Soon the heavens opened up with a massive downpour, violent lightening, thunder and bursts of wind.  The clamor escalated to a true panic.  People rushed to get under our over sized umbrella and others.  Mind you, I said they were MESH umbrellas!  These folks couldn't figure out why they were still getting wet!  That only cranked the drama up another notch.  We simply sat there, taking it all in. You would think there were drops of acid falling from the sky.  We were, after all, in our swim suits at a water park! We were all already wet from the rides which was everyone's intention when they chose to come here!  So what if it's raining?  The park thinned out as we sat, waiting out the rainstorm to expire.  Ellen and Clark realized it was a great excuse to get out of there, so we went back to Monica. 

Upon returning to Monica, Clark walked into the horror of horrors-NO ELECTRICITY!  Permanently affected from the electricity crisis earlier in the summer we were all paralyzed. Acting as ridiculous as those he had just criticized, running about crazed, trying to troubleshoot the problem, Clark was a mess.  Ellen finally called out the window, "Clark Dear, I think the whole park is out of power-I don't see any signs or lights on." Convinced of the worst, Clark reluctantly retreated to the office to investigate where the staff was huddled around a candle.  Relieved, he inquired as to their insight of the extent of the problem.  He was assured by the 19 year old man in charge in an official tone "that the problem would quickly be resolved because Applebees and the grocery store were also out of power." "They would repair the line very quickly because of the freezers and refrigerators."  Happy for the insight, Clark now knows that if he were to buy another house, he needs to make sure it is on the same line as the grocery store!  Sharing this revelation with Ellen, she reminded him that they typically have generators! 

Finally, the rain subsided and the Griswalds opted to go to "President's Park", since they didn't have any electricity.  It came highly recommended in the tour book and it looked interesting when they had driven past it recently. It was a plot of land with 15' busts of all of the presidents among with basic bios on each of them.  The sculptures were well done and it was fascinating as each had kind of a "fun facts to know and tell" portion of the bios, not to mention their noteworthy quotes. The Griswalds went into typical formation as Ellen went on a photo essay, Clark dragged up the rear requiring constant nudging & prodding and the kids simply ran a-muck.   There were a couple of gentlemen that they met while enjoying the statuary.  One was a fellow that had obviously survived an accident of some kind with an 8" scar on the back of his head and substantial facial reconstruction.  He was friendly and very interested in the park...and the Griswalds. He took many photos of both, the statuary and us.  The fellow he was with seemed like a custodian of sorts, not without his own severe burn disfigurement.  This portly fellow was only slightly more ordinary, as he explained that they were on their way to Orlando.  We were frightened at the notion, hoping that they were able to do so.  They would say their goodbyes to us, only to return shortly thereafter, to take another picture and say hello & goodbye....again. Soon we were all forcibly removed as they were closing. Clarkism: "Kids, did you know that George W. Bush doubled his salary from that of Bill Clinton?"                         
As crazy as it sounds, we returned to Busch Gardens to get the last ride on Apollo's Chariot, in the dark. It was worth the effort! The darkness of the night made all the difference!  
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