Last week, after checking the weather forecasts, we decided to take a somewhat last-minute trip to Cincinnati OH for some family fun over Labor Day weekend. I know some people are probably saying, “Cincinnati? Really?” but the truth is that there is a WONDERFUL smaller kid area in King’s Island amusement park, and the Cincinnati Zoo is very, very good. There are other things to do there as well but since we only had two days to fill with activities, those were it…and that was plenty. We kept the trip a surprise from the kids, and Charlie was nearly bursting with anticipation by the time we got to King’s Island.
Let me just start out and say…the weather was so great. I honestly hate living in the South in the summer. It’s too hot to do many things outside if they don’t involve swimming, and the heat lasts FOREVER. We had 2 straight months in a row of days with temperature highs over 95….Two. Months. It’s always bad, but this year has been horrible. Little rain, lots of heat and humidity. So we were almost giddy when looking at the forecast for Cinci over the weekend. The high on Saturday was around 72 degrees. PANTS WEATHER, PEOPLE! It was breezy, mostly sunny, occasionally chilly, and wonderful. I can’t express what a joy it was to be outside all day long doing stuff and not sweating LOL.
We hit King’s Island on Saturday, and the zoo on Sunday. King’s Island has a large children’s area called Planet Snoopy. They have rides for just about every age of kid, including roller coasters for various heights. Charlie is a roller coaster fiend, she rode two of them even though one of them was “kind of scary” LOL. I wouldn’t classify her as a particularly brave kid, so it’s been fun to discover how much she likes rides. We had hoped to carve out some time for Dave and I to occasionally ride a big coaster or two, but there was so much for the kids to do that we never really left Planet Snoopy. The lone exception was as we were walking over there as the park opened, and Dave hopped onto The Vortex while there was no line. I posted this photo on Facebook but I thought it was cute…Jack having a snack and “watching the roller coaster for Daddy”.
On Sunday we went to the zoo (with half of Cincinnati). They have an awesome exhibit called the “Cheetah Encounter” where they actually lure course cheetahs during a show…talk about amazing. They bring out the male cheetah first so you can say “oh wow yeah, he’s fast”, and then they bring out the female cheetah and she totally puts him to shame LOL. My sister and her family came down from Columbus to meet us for the day! Especially nice as the cousins don’t get to see each other that often so it was fun for them to have a day together. Charlie has 7 cousins total on both sides of the family, but only ONE girl cousin…my niece Ashley (9).
Also, I was thrilled to get an update from Wall-E’s (litter name Miles) owners this weekend! He went home with them on Labor Day weekend last year with their other cardi Cosmo. No photos, but got this nice note:
Just want to let you know he’s (still) doing great, and a very happy pup! He still acts very much like a puppy… I think the boys of this litter may take a while to grow up… LOL. We love him very much and we’re so happy he’s part of our little family. His happiness and zest for life are infectious! For example, his ‘brother’ Cosmo (our other Cardi) is content to hang out in the back seat during a car ride and just relax—oh, not Wall-E. He likes to be up looking out the window, letting the wind run through his (giant) ears, and making all the other drivers smile and laugh at him! It makes me so happy when I see children in the cars next to us point and smile at our little guy… he is such a happy dog, you can’t help but smile when he’s around.
I’m so glad to hear how he’s doing!