Another possible blog title... "Columbus Can Suck It!" After some thought however, I decided that's a bit harsh. Parts of our vacay were ruined, and yes, I blame the WHOLE city. One thing in particular was my own doing, but we'll get to that. We don't take grand vacations, but we try to plan these little 2-3 day mini vacays and take the kids to places they've never been. This year we decided to go to Columbus, OH and visit COSI (a science center) and the Columbus Zoo. We've been to the zoo, but it's been years, and it was only a few miles from the hotel, so why not?
We left Saturday around 6:30am so we'd be at COSI around 10. Yep, it's a 3.5 to 4 hr drive depending on traffic. We were all super excited, and I had planned everything out online. Hours, prices, and activities at COSI and the Zoo, DONE. Decent hotel with a pool, fitness center and FREE hot breakfast buffet, DONE. Suggestions for dining from those in the know, DONE. GPS ready to go with all of our destinations programmed, DONE.
We got to COSI about 10:30, got tickets and signed up for "Adventure" which is this Indiana Jones type thing, which was just fantastic. My son was so excited he was vibrating. They give you a map and these clues to find codes to get these symbols, to unlock the "Observatory of Knowledge".
It was a LOT of fun! The entire building was full of activities and hands on things for the kids, and tons of stuff for the adults to be engaged as well. We all really enjoyed every aspect of it, and I highly recommend going.
They also had a unicycle on a highwire that I was DYING to do. Seriously... I saw it on their website and knew immediately, I was going to do this. You are strapped onto this unicycle that has a counter balance and then off you go. You go backwards and then pedal forwards on a tightrope that's on the 2nd floor, while those on the ground floor watch. The only requirements were having a 25 inch inseam and weighing less than 250. I was able to meet BOTH of those, so I was going to do it... I said WAS. Hubby had the camera on the floor below, the kids were ready to cheer, and I was in line waiting for my turn. Until... FAT Holly got in my head and took over...
I watched person after person jump on that thing and take off. Young, old, kids, grampas, everyone... but me. I was about 10 people back, and I started second guessing whether or not I was going to make it. What if I got out there and couldn't pedal myself back. How was I going to get off? There was no tether of any type, and no one to reel me in. Oh, yeah, that'll be great, totally newsworthy too. "Tonight on Channel 5, see how the Pennsylvania Fatty (that's what they'll call me) got stuck on the highwire unicycle. She's been there for 3 hrs so far, and we have no idea how we're going to get her down. Stay tuned." UGH!!! I was near tears when I motioned to hubs and the kids to meet up up there. They came up and of course they wanted me to do it because they know I can. *I* know I can... I'm pretty sure... FAT Holly NEEDS to DIE!!! She's ruining my fun = (
After I got over my freak out, we enjoyed the rest of the science center and moved on to the hotel. We thought we'd go to the hotel, get freshened up, and head out to one of the recommended restaurants and ice cream shops. We got to the hotel for them to tell us they have no power and cannot check anyone in. No power and no computers ment no check in list, and apparently the email confirmation that I handed them was NOT good enough. Had our reservations been for Friday night we could've stayed, but since we didn't get there until Saturday, we were out of luck. WTF!!!
Apparently they had a HUGE storm on Friday that knocked down trees, and left tons of people without power. Well, don't you think a phone call or email may have been in order? I looked at the two barely 20 somethings behind the desk, asked if they knew of any other hotels in the area that had a room, and I was met with, "ummmm, we heard there may be rooms at XXX, but we're not sure." I asked for a phone book, and again, they just stared at me and said, "If you have a phone, you could probably google it." NO, a phone book will be fine. I then hear snickering, and look at Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber when they say, nearly in unison, "I don't even know how to use a phone book, hehehe." Good God what's going on? Anyhow, 22 phone calls were met with "NO, sorry, no rooms." The closest one was a 2 hr drive south, might as well go home.
Now it's 4:30pm, we haven't eaten, and we're facing a 4 hr drive home... AFTER I have to tell tell the kids we can't stay. Obviously it did NOT go well. However, my son, the sweetie that he is, said "it's ok mom, sometimes you have to change your plans." Hmmm, SO wise for 9. So, do we go somewhere awesome to eat, get the world's best ice cream, and go home... or do we spend the next few hrs at the Zoo, eat at a chain restaurant, and forget the ice cream. We gave the kids their choices, and even without the ice cream, they voted for "ZOO!"
We drove to the zoo, saw that we could have 2hrs, and decided to spend most of it at the Aquarium. The kids were THRILLED with being able to touch stingrays, and see manatees and all of the other aquatic creatures up close without a billion other people there. Plus at that hour it was "only" 90 degrees instead of 96, lol! Despite the rushed trip through the zoo, we had a lot of fun.
After eating, we drove home and got here around midnight. Yep, we were in Columbus for a grand total of 10 hours. We decided that just because we were home early, our vacay doesn't have to end. Today, we ate breakfast on the floor, picnic style. Then, we took the kids to see Madagascar 3 and let them have snacks there, which we never do. After that, we went to the Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, where the kids have never been, and watched our dinner being cooked right in front of us. After that we went to a local ice cream shop for some pretty good ice cream ; )
So it wasn't exactly what I had planned, but honestly, I think everything turned out ok. It was shorter than I would have liked, but we still got to the science center, the zoo, and had ice cream. I guess you can't ask for much more. Except maybe a ride on a unicycle. Next time!
Oh, and when we stopped at a rest area and hubby wanted some crap out of the vending machine, he put his money in and got 3 candy bars... It was the universe paying us back = )
Because several people commented... We were at the hotel around 4pm and found all of this out. When I got home, I had an email AND a phone call time stamped at 4:46 telling me we couldn't check into the room. How's that for service?!? One hour and 46 minutes AFTER the 3pm check in time, lol! They also assured me I wouldn't be charged. I should hope not!