Monday, August 25, 2008

Holiday World weekend

Jason and I took a much needed mini getaway this weekend. A friend of mine had free tickets to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN that she gave to us so we combined that with camping at Lake Rudolph.

Holiday World used to be called Santa Claus Land, but now has areas for all of the holidays. There is also a great water park, Splashing Safari, connected to it. It was a beautiful day, although warm, and the park was very crowded. We still had a great time though!

We camped that night at Lake Rudolph, which was really more like a pond. It's right next door to Holiday World - in fact, one of the rollarcoasters we rode goes over the "lake." We got there late afternoon and immediately went to the pool. Then we had some soft serve ice cream (they had over 33 flavors!) and then rented a paddle boat. It was so much fun!

Here is a picture of the tent we bought last year. It's so much bigger than we need, but I can't resist a sale!

And what is a mini vacation without the self portrait?!

On Sunday we got up and toured the town of Santa Claus. It pretty much consisted of a post office, a few stores, the Santa Claus Inn, and Santa's Candy Castle.

What is a visit to a town called Santa Claus without taking your picture with Jolly Old St. Nick?

The outside of the candy castle. Inside they had a room where you could write letters to Santa, a "high tech" room where you could chat with the elves, and then the area with the candy counter.

They had so many different flavors of candy canes!

On the way home we realized that we were very close to St. Meinrad Archabbey. I found out later that we could have joined the monks at prayer or mass, but we just walked around. It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking. The pictures just don't do it justice.

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