Sunday, August 19, 2012

Detour: Wisconsin Dells Mini-cation Day 1 Aug 17

Since we still attempted to do our daily 10,000 steps, I'm going to take this opportunity to write out some memories from our fun mini-cation to Wisconsin Dells.

Our big boy is turning 3 on the 21st, so we decided that we'd take a small trip to celebrate. He has always liked the water, so since none of us had ever been to the Dells and it was only a 3 hour drive, we decided to give it a try.

Day 1: Friday
We left home right on time- around 8 am, so we arrived just after 11 and were able to check in and get into our room. Now we didn't tell them that we were trying to walk a lot, but yet they still happened to get us a room in the furthest corner of the hotel- I know it wasn't on purpose, but it actually did help us get in a few extra steps a day!

After getting settled in and having a quick sandwich wrap in our room, we walked the .5 mile across the parking lot to the outlet mall. We didn't buy anything, but it provided something to look at for some of our daily steps. We thought about getting Tigger and Pooh outfits for the boys for this year's Christmas photo, but since they didn't have the right size for our big boy, and we weren't sure what size our little boy will be in a couple of months, we walked away empty handed.

After getting back to the hotel, we tried out the waterpark. Unfortunately, while scoping out the different areas, we walked into a part with a GIANT bucket of water that slowly fills and then dumps with a very loud splash. It freaked out our big boy so much that he was in tears and kept asking to go back to the car, even when we had left that section and went outside. We gave up on trying to get him in the pool outside after a bit, but decided to try once more on a different part of the indoor park, and that area was a big success. It still took a while to get him to try even a little slide, but by the time we decided it was time to leave because we wanted food, he didn't want to go. We finally convinced him to say "bye water, see you soon!" and leave.

After convincing our big boy, we left the hotel to go find some dinner. One of the places I wanted to try was Sprecher's - home of one of my favorite Root Beers (plus they have a low-cal version). Since it was our reward weekend, we allowed ourselves a few more carbs than usual. We started with some of their different flavored bottled sodas. The Puma Kola - a honey/cinnamon flavored soda was especially interesting. We had Reuben bites for an appetizer- very good! Then my husband had some tasty ribs, and I decided to try a German dish that I always wanted to try- schnitzel. I should have gotten the ribs...but it was worth trying once!

After dinner we drove around the downtown area so we could get an idea of where to park, walk, and visit on Saturday. Then it was back to the hotel to go to bed.

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