So, what made this year’s camping trip to Knoebel’s different from the last two?
- No storms! We did have a bit of rain during our second night, but it was a minor inconvenience compared to our prior experiences (i.e. lights flickering at the park, holding on to our canopy so it doesn’t blow away, etc.). Humidity ran high Sunday and Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday were picture perfect.
- New additions! To our gang, not the park (still no Flying Turns!). The Romanskis joined us for the first night of camping, and Chris brought Jonna and Sela up on Monday…all experiencing Knoebel’s for the first time. I look forward to hearing their reviews, because I get the feeling that a sense of nostalgia is clouding my judgment when I tell people how awesome this place is.
- Missing Aleisha! No, she wasn’t lost, but she was attending a baby shower while I was checking in and setting up camp. Fortunately, her dad was there to pinch hit.
- Side trip! An extra day gave us plenty of time to drive over to the Pioneer Coal Tunnel in Ashland, where we rode the train and toured the mine. A bit pricier than I remember (especially without our Kids Stuff coupon…sorry Becks and Trimbles), but the kids loved it. I was flabbergasted by all the windmills dotting the mountains; made for a great juxtaposition with the strip mines.
- Meals in jars! Laura (and maybe Pete?) outdid herself in putting together all the fixings for pasta and burritos cooked in Mason jars.
- Campfire conversation! Although the kids were wide awake much of the first evening, we were able to get them to sleep early enough on Monday and Tuesday to allow for some adult fellowship around the campfire. Not having rain to douse the flames was helpful too.
All-in-all, this was a great vacation, but we had our fill of birch beer and Haunted House rides and cold, seatless toilets for another year. My predictions for next year: Delton will want to spend more time (and money) in the arcade, Julia will ride that Rocket Slide all by herself and Aleisha and I will finally get to ride one of the coasters. I suppose it’s a little early to make a call on the weather.