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June 27, 2010

Wisconsin Dells Vacation

Last week, Avery had a chance to help mom mow the lawn.  Unfortunately I wasn't there to tape it.  However, it was Luke's turn this week to learn how to drive the lawnmower and I was around to catch it on video.  Thankfully, nothing too crazy happened so the video probably isn't all that entertaining, but I still got a kick out of it.


Luke Swank's first experience driving a lawnmower.

This week we took a family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells and stayed at the lovely Wilderness Resort and Water Park!

It was really our first official family vacation with Miss Sheri's side of the family.  I've never seen them so excited in my entire life!

We also had the pleasure to be joined by one of my high school classmates, Michelle "Hahn" Craven, her husband, Casey, and their wonderful daughters Marissa and Hannah.  The girls and I had a lot of fun going down the scariest water slides together.  I just hope my screams of terror didn't scar them for life!

The most terrifying ride I attempted was one called the Hurricane.  It is the Dellsí tallest indoor 4-person, family raft ride which plummets 58 feet before dropping thrill-seekers into a funnel where they spin around and then splash into a landing pool below.  It probably wouldn't have been so bad except that right before the trip the attendant asked me if I was going to be able to hold on tight enough.  He didn't speak very good English so I'm not sure if he understood my response of "I don't know!  Do you think it's going to be a problem?"  He just smiled at me in response, gave me a Thumbs Up, and pushed us down into the Pit of Despair.  My little hands gripped as tight as they could, but I was scared for my life!  When we hit the main drop and then rode the edges of the large funnel back and forth way up high in the air, I was whispering quite a few prayers for my life.  Thankfully, my eight fingers did their duty and I made it through to the end.  Needless to say, I didn't go on that ride again.

Avery went on it again, though.  Along with every other scary slide that the place had!!!  Luckily for him, he was born with his mother's grippers!

Luke wasn't as lucky as his brother and was born with his father's fingers, so he pretty much avoided the biggest slides.  Although he did get Grandma Linda to accompany him down the Blast Zone!  They got Blasted together quite a few times!


We all really enjoyed The Great Wave which is the nationís largest indoor wave pool measuring 15,450 square feet and is capable of generating waves up to 5 feet tall!!   I'm not sure if the people around me enjoyed it as much though, when my fat butt came crashing down on their heads over and over again.

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I didn't really enjoy the lobby that much when I saw this lifelike looking bear.  It reminded me too much of my run-in with the bear at last week's canoe and camping trip with the boy scouts.  I did try kicking it in the groin a few times, but the dang thing just kept standing there!

We like the pool that overlooks the lake.  It made us feel like we were swimming in the lake, except we didn't have any leeches swimming up into our crotch areas!

This is Officer Fred.  He was nice enough to take us for a boat tour of Lake Delton where our resort was located.  Some of you may remember hearing about Lake Delton a couple years ago when the man made lake was flooded and then drained when the surging waters found a new path to the river taking along several houses with it.  Officer Fred told us that he took many of the videos that were on the news.  I'm not sure if this is one of them but it will give you a taste of what kind of destruction this small town experienced only a couple of years ago. 


Lake Delton Floods and then Drains


All in all, we had an excellent time at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.  For any of you planning a family vacation yet this summer, I highly recommend it!



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I received this email in response to this post:


Dear Mr. Swank,

A little constructive help! Your pictures of Hiroshima look very similar to what I see in Yokohama. Attached is a Google shot of one of the same buildings.

Great website; I enjoy it a lot.

Allen Huies

Tamaplaza, Yokohama, Japan

P.S. Yokohama was not nuked because the destruction was so massive during the conventional (napalm) bombing that they would not be able to see the destructive power of the A-bomb. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not harmed much during the war. Tokyo and Yokohama were in the same condition after the war as Hiroshima and Nagasaki except for the radiation. The two former were firebombed in March 1945 so although your website makes prefect sense, almost no one knows how massive the destruction of Tokyo and Yokohama was.

Yokohama 2010

Tokyo after the fire bombing- 1945


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