Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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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
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!