Mystery Trip Tuesday is a long standing, summer tradition (ah...sweet summertime) in this house. I sort of assumed my kids (at least one of them) were too old for it, but they assured me they are not.
Sometimes Mystery Trip Tuesday is huge and we do something that takes the whole day (like when I took them to Lancaster, PA and we went to a dairy farm where the cows sleep on water beds, buggy riding and then to a cider mill on an Amish farm) and sometimes it's not so big.
Today was not so big. Strangely, I've been living here all this while and didn't know about this place until maybe a year ago. I had to go check it out.
It's this park, Mt. Tabor Park, out in the middle of nowhere (Rocky Ridge, MD). The attraction is this giant slide. I have no idea how old it is, but while we were there an 80 something year old man stopped by and was telling me he had slid down it with his wife 60 something years ago when they were first married. I said "Are you going to go down it today?" "I'm in my 80's!" as he looked at me crazily.
We brought towels just in case, but there were ample burlap bags available (in case you might be thinking about copying my Mystery Trip Tuesday idea).
I went down it a couple of times. Going down is much faster than it looks.
Lunch...I always let them eat junk on Mystery Trip Tuesday. There was lots of junk and then a stop at Dunkin' Donuts on the way home.
The park is owned by a church and there's this cute little outdoor sanctuary/tabernacle type thing. I love the red paint. This would be an awesome place for a photo shoot. The sun was too strong for all of that when we were there.
There's also a merry-go-round and some other archaic playground equipment that somehow got overlooked by the safety police. I've always looked for a merry-go-round like the one I grew up playing on. That one is no longer in existence (probably for safety reasons and I should mention it was substantially more dangerous than this) which is disappointing. This is probably the closest we'll find to an old time, probably hand-crafted by local people, merry-go-round.