The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Monday, July 06, 2009

Hope everyone had a "bursting" good time!

I hope everyone had as splendorific of an Independence Day as we did... well, the day actually was kind of ick, but we had a great time despite all that. It started out, Mini-Dew and her friend were going with me to Wild Adventures theme park, which was fairly recently purchased by Dollywood (I'll come back to that...) Well, friend's sister-in-law joined us, and we hit the park, riding rides first, petting the petting zoo animals then hitting the water park. We weren't going to be ousted by weather this time... except for the souls of our feet, OUCH! The water park was over-crowded, no more lockers... and full to the brim of people. We hit the wave pool to cool off, then sis-in-law and I hit the Wahee Cyclone... well, the 1 1/2 hour line for the Wahee Cyclone. During that time we witnessed two heat exhaustion episodes (literally, eyes rolling into the back of their head, passed out, scraped knees... crazy) in the people in line around us. It was forecast to be 97° Saturday... don't know how high it got. Despite the crowds and the lines, and the overpriced food, and the poorly choreographed fireworks display set to mostly beebop music... heaven forbid they should go Patriotic on the 4th of July... ... we had beautiful fireworks, which is a must for me on the 4th. ... and the consequential fire...The magic show and only performance entertainment was a pathetic, "man escaping from a box chained closed and submerged in the water" trick. They used to have concerts... thanks, Dollywood. They also used to hire deputy sheriffs to manage the flow of traffic after large events and holidays... failing to do so caused several fights and unhappy customers trying to leave that place. It took FOREVER! ... and people get downright mean when they are tired and hot and stuck in unnecessary traffic jams.

The good news is that today is my birthday, and my wonderful groom gave me my favorite flower in the whole wide world... an orchid. My first orchid plant ever!! It's beautiful!Have a great day!


  1. I just made a mental note not to visit a theme park ever on a holiday weekend :)
    great post as always...
    and your orchid plant is simply that color :)
    happy, happy birthday to you and try and keep cool.

  2. Give them time to clear up the many short comings..The park is trying to get everything in line like the other parks that they own and do very well with.(Dollywood,Stone Mountain and many others) The previous owners practically ran Wild Adventures into the ground. There are things that drive me crazy about the park and I hope they will be changing those issues in the future. I figured everything you mentioned was going to happen.Sorry you had to go through it Dew. I am just glad I wasn't working there on the 4th..

  3. Jeff Gammons7/06/2009 5:01 PM

    Happy Birthday, Jen!

  4. Oooooo...didn't notice it being your birthday..Gee, feel like doofus now..Happy Birthday Dewski! your how old???

  5. We went to Wild Adventures on the 5th. Great fireworks!The best that I've seen in a long time. They had the fuzz directing traffic out. I guess they learned a few things from the day before.
    Happy Birthday!!!!! :-) Twentynine and holding?

  6. Dollywood actually doesn't own Wild Adventures. Herschend Family Entertainment (out of Branson, Missouri) owns it. It just happens that Herschend is a 50/50 owner with Dolly Parton (the Dollywood Company) in Dollywood. The most you could say is a part owner in Dollywood now owns Wild Adventures.


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