Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Okies in the Dell

Our son's girlfriend thought it would be nice to celebrate his birthday in the Wisconsin Dells, and graciously asked if we would like to accompany them. This made for a lot of driving because we went straight north from college orientation in Oklahoma. But it was his birthday, after all. The Dells is a real touristy town with tons of things to do. "See the loveli lakes, the wonderful telephone system, and many interesting furry animals, including the majestik moose . . ." Sorry. Anyway, the main attraction to the Dells are the resorts and water parks, many indoor (because of the winters, doncha know). These things are popular because they drive you through the woods and then take you down streams and onto lakes.

We arrived at our waterpark resort late in the afternoon with just enough time to hang out at the pool and sip fruity little drinks with umbrellas. We only had one whole day there, so everyone had to decide how they wanted to fill it. Next morning, the girls went in one direction, went horseback riding, shopping at the outlet mall, made a stop at the deer petting farm, and headed back to the hotel for more water fun. The boys and I headed to a sweet little golf course I had located online. Let me tell you, we are not used to trees on our golf course. Let's just say they were problematic. On the way out, I saw my next vehicle.

We all met up and went to a funky little restaurant for the birthday dinner. Of course, we had to ask the waitress if they had any kind of birthday ritual, which they did. She said it was "borderline embarrassing," so it was a done deal. After she left, my son decided he just HAD to make a visit to the little boy's room. While he was gone, the waitstaff showed up with a huge sundae and a couple of other little things and were dismayed to find him gone. They left the sundae and told us they would be lurking about waiting for his return. He came back, saw the sundae, and got all cocky that he had managed to elude them. Suddenly, someone crept up behind him and placed something on his head. The look on face says it all.
When I shot this, the staff was clapping and singing a very loud birthday song. Fun times.

We only had half a day left, so the next morning, we headed into town to behave like complete tourists, check out the shops and buy some t-shirts. Downtown Dells is an interesting place. This certainly caught my eye.
The sign above the door reads "have a swig with Nig." I wanted to go in and see what was up, but apparently, it was too early in the day for such an establishment to be open.

So, we had lunch and went our separate ways. Which will be the subject of the next post. Dunh, dunh dunh! The Ride Home. Hint: there has been recent flooding.

Mynd you, moose bites kan be pretti nasti. I'm just saying.

4 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

I was wondering when we'd get the next installment.

Love the birthday embarrassment.

I really should visit the Dells sometime. Pretty sad that I live in SE MN and have never been to the Dells.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Harmonica Man said...

Wow, what a sweet thing to do for his birthday. Kurtis is a very lucky young man to have such fun parents as you!

heather - Yes, you need to go to the Dells. In fact just go now! You're kids' heads will explode, I promise.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Mom Thumb said...

heather - GO! Really. We lived in Minnesota for five and a half years and I always wanted to go and never did and now, ten years later, I get one freakin' day. Jeff's right. Really.

jeff - Yes, we will go to great lengths to get the chance to take pictures of our son wearing a lobster hat.

7:44 AM  
Blogger bill said...

I hope everyone visits the House On The Rock near the Dells and in the town of Spring Green. It is one of the great things to see in America.

6:40 PM  

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