Day 1:I procrastinated and waited till the day of vacation to pack. It’s not something I would recommend, but it did help pass the time while Brennen and I waited for Andrew to get out of work. The first half of our road trip to Sandusky was rather uneventful but the second half was very entertaining as Google took us to our hotel via the “scenic” route. We drove down some deserted back roads and encountered some interesting “Redneck” towns that favored outhouses over modern plumbing and showcased old boats as lawn ornaments. And last but not least, we got an up close look at a nuclear power plant. It was a drive to remember.
Day 2: Cedar Point was the main attraction on the agenda. It was Brennen’s first trip to an amusement park and he went on his very first carnival ride. So naturally, I forgot the camera at the hotel to document the occasion. (Thank goodness for my phone). Andrew enjoyed some of the coasters (his favorite was The Maverick) and all three of enjoyed some time on the family rides. In the afternoon, we decided to head back to the hotel for a much-needed family nap and as luck would have it we couldn’t remember where we parked. After walking around for an eternity, (I was carrying Brennen, so it was probably only about 5 minutes) we found the car. Brennen celebrated the accomplishment by puking on me . . . twice. Ah, the memories.
Day 3: We took the Jet Express ferry to Put-In-Bay in hopes of relaxing on the beach and playing in the water. What we found instead was a tourist trap similar to Mackinaw Island. Growing up just south of Mackinaw City has caused a run-away-as-fast-as-you-can reaction when I encounter a touristy area. We made the best of it and then high-tailed it on the next ferry back to the mainland. Brennen later rewarded me for his fun experience by dumping my contacts down the drain, which left me wearing my glasses the rest of vacation.
Day 4: For the first time ever I got to mix pleasure with pleasure! Also known as family vacation with running! I woke up at 5am (yes, 5AM!) so I could be ready for The Cedar Point 5k Challenge. Later in the day, despite the weather and our better judgement, we headed to Soak City. We only lasted there for a couple of hours because it became chilly and rainy. Later that night, we went out to dinner at T.G.I. Fridays to celebrate Father’s Day or Poppa’s Day as we like to call it. And on our way back to the hotel we found (with the help of Google and to Brennen’s delight) a McDonald’s with a PlayPlace. For some reason it seems that Ohio is in short supply of McDonald’s that have PlayPlaces. Brennen finds this to be unacceptable.
Day 5: Relaxed, packed and headed home. 🙁 Brennen did not want to leave. He kept saying, “I want my room.” Meaning the hotel room. Once we got back home we were all pretty exhausted and we took a nap.
Overall we had a great time on vacation! We are already talking about where we should go next year. We are thinking a beach getaway is in order. Any suggestions?