This was my family's first trip to Silver Dollar City, but Lesa knows the park pretty well and had all kinds of good information for us. I highly recommend her as a tour guide if the scheduling works out for you the way it did for us. If only I had paid more attention I might have avoided riding Wildfire, which looped upside-down so many times that I lost count and afterwards made me feel like I was exiting the Space Shuttle after a week on the moon. And I probably would not have taken my poor little seven-year-old on Powderkeg, which made her cry and made me feel like a bad mommy. Evidently being tall enough to ride a particular roller coaster is not a good enough excuse to get on it.
But back to my meeting with Lesa. Not only did she have a ton of theme park tips for us, but it was a lot of fun to talk with her and get to know her better. On our second day we managed to find a shady spot where we could sit and gab while our other family members chased after our kids and her boy chased after my youngest girl. (I think we may have sparked young love.) I guess it's true what they say about time flying when you're having fun, because what seemed like a conversation of only a few minutes was, according to my kid-chasing mom, "at least an hour." And it wasn't long enough! I hope we get to meet again some day.
I also need to tell you about the super-sweet Kay at My Random Acts of Reading. She was giving away a few books on her blog, and I happened to mention that I never win anything. Of course, I didn't win her drawing either, BUT she took pity on me and sent me a book anyway!! Note to self: that line will probably not work on Kay again. But thank you for the book, Kay! That was very sweet of you.