Funny story, I’ve lived all my life in Tampa, Fl and not once have I been to Adventure Island, or any water park. The beach only.
When I was let go from my job, I was sad, hurt, upset, you name it. But I saw it as more time with my boys…until I got a new job. Well with this now time off, I thought I would take the boys to visit family before summer is over and school is back in. I talked it over with my mom and she decided I should take them to see my god-mother and sister in Ohio – They’re currently at the Ronald McDonald house. She said this is different, you’ll get to enjoy the scenery along the way, and will be another traveling experience I can mark off.
I was hesitant at first because it would be me and the boys on an unfamiliar road traveling through states on our own. But when I thought about it, I said that’s the same thing I did, when I first moved away to North Carolina. I was pregnant with my second and my grandmother was with me, but it was a new beginning.
We, meaning myself, did laundry, packed, cleaned the house, my school work, and etc… before I knew it it was time to get some sleep because we had a long but not so long, trip ahead of us.
Talk about a beautiful view! When I fly, I try to get window seats to enjoy the view from above, but this time it felt like I had front row seats to it all!
As we got closer to West VA, I called my mom to check in and let her know what’s around us, that way you she can track where we are or close to, and what to expect. Well, what she shared next was something I could’ve did without!
She asks, “Do you see a lot of green yet?” I repeated “A lot of green?! What’s that suppose to mean?” She asks “Okay, do you see a lot more than usual? You should be coming up on The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.” I’m looking around and I answer “Yes, I see a few cows, some open area and a lot of green!” She laughs a bit and says “Okay” then she pauses and asked “What do you see now?” And at this point, I was ready to pull over and panic because all I saw was a huge green wall in front of me as I’m coming down, all I can think is, how the hell are we getting through?! The closer we got the worse my signal became and I lost the call.
I’m officially panicking, because we are getting closer and closer to this huge mountain! So as we come around this curve, we noticed a tunnel. My son asks “Mommy, are we going through that tunnel?” I answer, “I’m afraid so.”
We made it! We made it through!
But it didn’t stop there, apparently there are TWO tunnels to go through. I gripped the steering wheel…again, as if it were holding my hand and in we went.
It goes without say that we made to Cincinnati, OH and back, as I wouldn’t be posting this. 😉
We truly enjoyed ourselves! We went to Spring Grove Cemetery, where I was scared by two BIG Bucks! We went to Smale Park, the Newport Aquarium, ate at Wahlburgers, went to Jungle Jim’s Int’l Market, my boys attended their first baseball game (Go Reds!) and can’t forget the reason for this blog – Soak City (Kings Island), our first EVER water park!
We got there a little before eleven and didn’t leave until after four! Talk about exhausted! My oldest told me he didn’t want to leave and that he was staying the night, and my youngest didn’t want to get out of the lazy river!
I will say this is one for the books, and I plan for MANY more road trips to come! My son loved his time at the water park so much, he told me, “Ma this is the best day ever! I love you!” I looked at him and smiled and said “I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, and I love you too!” I tried not to cry because he has no idea how his life, OUR life has changed in a year and is STILL changing, but mommy made this trip possible!
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” – Winnie the Pooh