Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Wisconsin
Friday, October 24, 2008

Day 1:   We left Mt Rushmore about 6.30am.  The objective:  to cover as many miles as we could.

We drove through the vast plains of South Dakato, to the agriculture fields of Idaho, over the Missisippi River, through unbelievable strong winds, rain, and then sunshine, (and with a couple of the kids, not even getting out of their pyjamas!), we finally reached Wisconsin, 12 hours and 750 miles later - big drive and I am tired.

Day 2:  We stopped.  Did Laundry, spoke to the nice Polish man (rich Polish man), who owns the RV park where we're staying along with hotel, motel, theme park, and half the street by the looks of it.  Been in the U.S. for 38 years, and started his business from nothing. As he said, when you have the time, you don't have the money, and when you have the money, you don't have the time.... mmm... food for thought. Today was a nothing day - just a catch up on things and blob day for the kids.

Day 3:  Promised the kids we'd take them to a theme water park today, but not that easy at this time of year. This Winsconsin Downs is like a mini Disney - in other words - it's absolutely full of theme parks, albeit water ones, restaurants, shows, tours and anything else you can think of.... however, 90 percent of it is shut down now.  Anyway, we persued the thought of an indoor water park, and stopped at 'Wilderness Territory' which is actually a hotel & golf resort.  When I went in, and asked if the water parks (inside the hotel) were open to the public and what family passes they had available (we had seen the tickets on the website at an astronomical amount of USD35.00 each, from 2 up), I was told they don't sell passes anymore.

A bit of relief in one way, as I find it very difficult to justify $200-$250 US dollars for a swim!  However they did have another alternative ... as it was a Wyndam owned property, we could sit though a 2 hr presentantion, and we could get the passes for free.  We knew of Wyndam and its good reputation, so provided they could entertain the children for that time, we agreed.  Really enjoyed the presentation, think they're onto a winner - thought the rooms they showed us were magnificent, but Gary's not a spontaneous person, and they were never going to get a signature from us, on the first go - of course, I was keen - I love holidaying, and the flexibility of this, was perfect.  But moving on .... kids were well and truly entertained in the free kids club, and we got a great presentation, and at the end of it, we all got a fantastic time in the two indoor water parks that were open.  We did lose Brad at one point, and there was a slight panic situation, but all is well, and the kids got the most amazing slides and I got a soak in the spa.
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