Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hey Boo Boo (Jellystone in Estes Park)

After reading about my girlfriend Jamie's visit to Jellystone in Texas, we decided to give it ago and planned a trip to the one in Estes Park Colorado. I have mixed reviews about the one here.

When we arrived, we were told we needed to wait in the parking lot for a safety escort to bring us to our site. I thought it was great that they wanted to make sure everyone drives through the campgrounds safely and they show you the proper route, but when we got to our site I realized that this was not the reason for the escort. Our site was small. Really small. So small a five year old see it and says in a disgruntle voice - Great there is nowhere for us to play. And it's steep. Really steep. As in cut into the side of the mountain in tiers so that you could literally spit on the site below you. The escort is there to make sure you can park your camper without driving off the site. Crowded, cramp sites with steep hills to walk up = a negative.

The weekend we were going was a Christmas in July theme. We didn't bring any decoration but wished we had. We meet a family that went all out. They brought a whole truck load of decorations including a fully decorated tree. In the morning, they were going to place presents under the tree for the kids. What a great idea!

On Friday we spent the afternoon playing on the playground. They have two of them and they are both up-to-date and well maintained. The kids had lots of fun on these. These are the only places that kids can really run around. There is no area to bike and there isn't an open field area for free play either.

Friday night was karaoke night. It was bad. We left after about 10 minutes and spent the rest of the evening hanging out at our very cozy camp site.

The next morning we decided to participate in some of the activities. They had tattoos. Both Morgan and Kaitlyn were a bit leary of the lady giving them.

But liked the end results.

Then the kids wanted to get their pictures taken with every status there.

Next it was craft time for the younger kids while Keaghan, Mark and Tim played some miniture golf. The kids made Christmas tree and snowman magnets by gluing together small pieces of foam paper.

Afterwards it was time for the wagon ride with Yogi. I didn't have my camera for this but it was unimpressive. They crowded everyone into a flatbed trailer that was pulled by a tractor. There were no seats/benches and we were very smashed in. Then they blasted Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, B-I-N-G-O and the ABC song while we drove around one of the loops. Not sure if the kids were impressed with this or not.

Then it rained. And rained. And rained. We were so thankful we had a pop-up and not a tent. Many tent campers had to go into Estes for the night because mud slides had covered their tents in several inches of mud.

The rain didn't stop the dance that night even though the pavillion is an open air structure. This was one of my favorite thing at Jellystone. The DJ played lots of kid and adult friendly music such as the Chicken Dance, the Limbo complete with a stick, the YMCA, the Hokey-Pokey, as well as current dance favorites. Morgan was being really shy at first and didn't want to get on the floor, but when the Chicken Dance started, she dragged me out there. She still hid behind me, but at least she was dancing while she was hiding. After a while she was fine.

On Sunday morning, I took Morgan down to the pool. This was my second favorite thing. It is heated at 85 degrees and starts at 3 feet so it's really kid friendly. It's not very big, but it wasn't crowded either.

When we were leaving Morgan wanted to know when we were coming back. I don't think we'll be coming back to this Jellystone, but we might try one in Canon City or in Castle Rock.

1 comment:

jamielblev said...

WOW! That really sucks! I'm so sorry your trip was a bust compared to ours! We are hoping to go back in October again this year.