Monday, August 19, 2013

Vacation, Day 1: Remlinger Farms

The last few years to save money and make it easier on ourselves, we've done stuff that's within driving distance. We've found that Ben has the best time when there's some predictability. This week proved that Ben's ability to cope has greatly improved over last year and it was exciting to see how well he did.

Day 1 was RemlingerFarms ( in Carnation. There was a fair bit of driving in both directions but Ben did really well. So well that we left because the park was closing, not because we had run out of steam. We had been there several years ago for the company picnic but just on the corporate picnic grounds, not on the fair/attraction side.  A few days before the planned trip we also heard from my sister-in-law that their family had just been there and she thought it would be a good fit for Ben.

It was a beautiful, gorgeous day. Blue skies and a breeze and puffy white clouds. We saw some animals on the petting zoo, rode some rides (Ben didn't), played in a hay maze, explored some vehicles like a school bus, a fire engine and several tractors. We had some food and rode on a train. It's not a huge park, but it was enough to keep us busy for an entire day and everyone had fun. Oh, and Ben rode on a horse twice.  He wasn't sure at first after the horse tried to nibble his fingers. But after he was on the horse, he seemed to get it, remaining still, keeping his balance and holding on to the molded edges at the front of the saddle while I walked alongside with a hand lightly on his back in case there was a problem. He really seemed to enjoy himself so that was really cool.

We ate at the restaurant while we were there as well. It took a long time for us to get our food but I did enjoy my sandwhich (a Reuben). It was so large that by the end I was just pulling out the pastrami and sauerkraut to eat without the bread.

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