So Sunday, May 30th I got to Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI) where I set up camp, and in no time made my way to Noah's Ark, "America's Largest Waterpark." It was indeed a biggy! My favorites included Black Anaconda (America's longest watercoaster), Stingray (2 giant water wings that fold up like like a U-shape, which you tube back and forth between), and Scorpion's Tail (the climb into the capsule standing up, cross your arms over your chest, the trap door opens below your feet, and you plummet down at 50 feet/second, and it actually loops!). More about the rides here: http://www.noahsarkwaterpark.com/category/attractions/attractions-list/thrill-rides/
I made a friends (their Indian names are too unfamiliar for me to remember or pronounce, except Karteek) at Noah's Ark while waiting in the lines, and we ended up going on the rides together the rest of the day. Later we met up at a restaurant to have dinner and get to know each other more. It was nice to have a little companionship for a day, and in fact, they will come up again in a later blog!
MONDAY, MAY 31, MEMORIAL DAY
Today I went to Mount Olympus. I couldn't help it! There is cool Greek-themed signage for it all along the main drag and it looked so fun! It has an outdoor theme park (roller-coasters, LOTS of go-kart race tracks, and other rides), an Outdoor Water Park (lame compared to Noah's Ark, but still fun!), and an Indoor Water Park (geared towards kids) - all set on 160 acres. My favorite part of the park was the Cantina and sand "beach" area. Lots of sand, a few palm trees (really!), and so many lounge chairs for catching a tan. It was so relaxing. It felt like a little piece of island somewhere - right in the middle of a theme park :)
Then I went on a unique tour of the Lower Dells on an Army Duck! They are all-terrain vehicles originally used to transport soldiers in WWII, which are now used for tourists - they're perfect for going through the canyons of the Dells, down to the water and plopping right in!
Then I went to the Moose Jaw Pizza and Brewing Company. A cabin/lodge/woodsy ambiance and not too bad Italian. It was a nice, fun, Wisconsin Dell-sy place :)
TUESDAY, JUNE 1
This is where the Wisconsin Dells fun takes a little detour - back home! Read about it in the blog called "Back So Soon?"
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
Arrived back in Wisconsin, and staying 45 minutes South of the Dells in a Motel 6 in Madison. It is here that I'll stay a week.
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
I started my day skimmimg the waves of the Upper Dells in an awesome jet boat - we did 360 degree turns, hard stops, it was a total water ride! We took a little break from the water to catch 'The Jumping Dog," which was definitely unusual, lol (see video below).
Then I went to Kalahari Theme Park. After experiencing Noah's Ark, the rides were more for kids, but the African theme was terrific - and there were NO lines at the Outdoor Water Park, woo-hoo!!! Kalahari has a HUGE indoor water park, and it was fun tubing the lazy river, doing the water slides, etc.
I'm all water-parked out at this point! =)
Watch the Jumping Dog:
Jet Boat tour of Upper Dells #1:
Jet Boat tour of Upper Dells #2:
Jet Boat tour of Upper Dells #3:
Jet Boat tour of Upper Dells #4:
Jet Boat tour of Upper Dells #5:
Lower Dells in the Army Duck, video 1:
Lower Dells in the Army Duck, video 2: