They were celebrating Founders Days in Small Town Alaska this weekend, so we sashayed over there to enjoy some good old-fashioned carnival fun.
First, there was a pony ride. Even though last weekend’s road trip included a spur-of-the-moment (sort of) and expensive real horseback ride for an hour, a pony ride around in a circle was still A-okay with OmegaDotter:
Then we had to feed ourselves with Fair Food, which means cheap food sold at not-so-cheap prices. We plopped ourselves down in the shade and drizzle-protection of a circle of small trees and ate. Then the dotter demonstrated the muscles that she has garnered from gymnastics, and proceeded to climb a tree.
Only a few years ago, tree-climbing was beyond her abilities. But now that she has matured a bit, she can plan ahead, scoping out the best way up, and she has those muscles (hard-as-a-rock muscles in her legs, if you please) to grasp and propel her way up. Not that these were very big trees, but still, she enjoyed it.
Then we had to check out the rides in the carnival. OmegaDad does not like carnival rides, so it’s up to me to accompany the dotter. First we did the spin-the-apple ride: first we watched the folks before us and determined that it was much more fun if you got the apple spinning as fast as you could. Once we climbed in, we figured out how to do it, and we were soon spinning merrily along, enough so that I was incredibly dizzy when the “apples” came to a halt.
Then the dotter and I had to do the mini-roller coaster. One of these days, I will have to take her to a bigger fair or carnival type thing, where she can have a real roller coaster ride; in the meantime, this will have to do.
I think that the picture was actually taken before we started moving; a set piece, as it were. We have video, but I’m not going to inflict it on you.
Of course, the dotter had to buy some things, and this is what we came home with: