Sunday, January 3, 2010
Our time together in paradise is coming to a close, so the day was about saying goodbye. Monica and her family came for a breakfast of strawberries and cream and leftover ham and cheesecake and apple pie. It is rare that we are all together, so we took the opportunity to take photos and to reminisce and remember.
We had expressed so much enthusiasm for Busch Gardens and had planned to go each of the last three days; today was Edouard's last chance, so despite the biting cold weather, Maya and Tara, Eric and Edouard and I piled into the car and picked up Jason on the way (his truck broke down, so we had to turn around and find him, try to sort out his car trouble, failed and then left the truck and brought him with us) and found our way to a very empty and faded amusement park. The flowers and bushes were covered with protective sheets, the animals were hidden from view (staying warm in their inside cages), many rides were closed and the energetic joyous feeling of the place was entirely absent. It was too cold to enjoy the rides, although the children were delighted that there were no lines at their favourite rollercoasters. We tried the 'Rhino Rally' which was a jeep ride through the Serengeti, and which we all enjoyed. I lost my enthusiasm for roller coasters (I never had much anyway) and spent most of my day waiting. I wanted to get out of the kitchen and walk around a bit, and I did accomplish that.