Thursday, June 25, 2009

My long-awaited summer visit . . .

. . . from special friends, Blake and Taylor is finally here! So far the week has been unseasonably hot, in the 90s actually, so we've opted to skip the zoo this time. We spent an enjoyable day at the Aquaplex -- this photo is of the outdoor play area. The entire "floor" is some kind of squishy material, great to walk on. What you can't see is the large indoor area with its therapy pool, lap pool, regular pool, the kid's area with the big waterslide and other play equipment and the "lazy river," an oval cool-water pool with large tubes available for those who care to float. Our next outing was a cruise aboard The Spirit of Peoria, a large paddle-wheel vessel docked here on the Illinois River. Tickets are in hand and we can't wait to board!

Of course we want to sit on the upper deck so we don't miss anything.

The ship has an enclosed dining room for dinner cruises with live entertainment. There is also a snack bar with outdoor seating.

We were fascinated by the action of the wheel; once again we're reminded of the power of water.

Now let's get back home into that air conditioning!


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