This year's Unschooling Waterpark Gathering at the Kalahari Waterpark was held in May, instead of late January/early February as it had been previous years. I was a little disappointed--for me, part of the appeal was going to the waterpark in the winter, relaxing in the hot tub while it was snowing. But going in the spring meant we could enjoy more outdoor activities.
On Wednesday we drove up to the The African Safari Wildlife Park. The website is actually better designed than the park, which looked as though it hadn't changed since the 1950's and was wonderfully kitschy. Even though it was only about an hour from Cleveland, I'd never been to it. We were giving plastic cups of animal food and a bag of carrots, and instructed not to open the windows all the way or the animals would try and get in the car. With some trepidation we set off on our safari.
Despite the name "African Safari", there was not much actually African wildlife. And since we were the only other car on the safari, and the animals had learned that cars meant food, we were soon swarmed.
Brian and I were laughing hysterically and making comments about "Night of the Living Llamas". Ivy was not having fun at all though, and was sure the animals would find some way to get into the car, despite our assurances. We bravely continued on, saw the albino zebra (behind a fence), and then our journey was over.
We weren't too far from Marblehead, so went up to see a lighthouse museum--which unfortunately was closed for the season. So we looked at it.
And then we drove back to the waterpark.