Thursday, June 28, 2018

Six Flags 2018

Today we took the various free tickets Anna and the girls get as rewards from their schools and went all the way to Austell to get rained on at Six Flags.

Well, actually, our intent was not to go to Six Flags to get rained on, it was to ride rides and have a good time, but getting rained on is how it turn out. The girls did ride one ride and we all had a good time despite the storm.

When we got there, it was cloudy but not all that overcast:

So, thinking we had plenty of time and also being hungry, we immediately ate some lunch (that's a picture of the ceiling, which Jessica and I both thought was interesting; I didn't take any pictures of the actual pizza place):

Then went to Thunder River, the ride the girls like best. They rode it twice, and I rode it zero times:

(They aren't in the picture above, but it gives you an idea of what the ride is like.) 

This is me, waiting for the girls to go by the viewing area:

It's hard to tell, but this is about the time the girls got soaked:

While the girls were riding the second time, the storm came in, and we spent the next hour or so walking in the wind and huddling away from the rain:

Most of the rides were closed down because of the weather; after a while of waiting, we decided it was time for us to leave. The rides did start up again as we were heading for the exit, but it looked to us like another storm was coming in, so we kept going out. I took these pictures of colorful curving attraction tracks as we were leaving:

I call the following two pictures Six Flags Parking Lot After Storm I and Six Flags Parking Lot After Storm II:

(The sky didn't really look this foreboding; my camera app's Dynamic Range Optimization feature made it look that way.)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Callaway Gardens with Elyse and Mommy

Elyse really wanted to go to the beach this summer, but with everything else going on we didn't have time for a proper trip to Florida or Tybee Island. Anna's solution was to take Elyse for a three-day visit to Callaway Gardens, which has a beach, and also a butterfly center, and which is also close to Wild Animal Safari. Perhaps most importantly, Callaway Gardens is only a hundred miles from home, which makes for a great short get-away.

Here are some pictures Anna texted me of their adventures:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Miscellaneous Recent Pictures

Here are several pictures from the past few weeks (except for the first one, which is from January), some of which I took myself, some of which were texted to me:

Jessica, shortly before we moved out of our house in Loganville:

A few pictures from Elyse's Field Day, near the end of second grade at Magill:

Anna texted me this picture from one of their many recent Girl Scout trips:

Anna texted me this picture from Savannah while she and Jessica were there with their Girl Scout troop:

Here's Elyse, eating a cake pop and waiting out a thunderstorm in the cafe at Target, on the weekend that Mommy and Jessica were in Savannah:

The sky over Target after the storm:

Elyse in my bed reading with Tessie:

Me in the part-time instructors' office at Gwinnett Tech on the first day of summer semester:

Jessica set up, took, and edited this picture, and then texted it to me: