On C.P. Huntington Train
It was a super way to spend some time together!
Lake Compounce with Teagan was excellent. She was so well behaved, even for being so excited. We packed a lunch and got there just after opening.
I suggested we go on a few rides – the first I requested was the train ride. Ashlin and I had done the trolley, which was fine, but we hadn’t done the train. At first, Teagan didn’t want to, but after hearing that it would probably be the only ride I asked for, she agreed. And, she really enjoyed it, a lovely and picturesque ride on the lakeside.
After the train, I suggested the carousel, which she was a bit resistant to as well, but then asked to stay on. Then we walked to the far side of the park so I could show her the American Flyer and the Gas n’ Go car rides.
The Flyer ride made her a bit nervous – not scared – at first. But by the time it was our turn – a very short wait – she was ready to go. This turned into one of the favorite rides of the day. A giant swing shaped vaguely like an airplane. I don’t even know how many times we rode that, we just kept going back.
The cars were also a big hit, and these she asked to go on all by herself. It was a bit bittersweet watching her drive away, she’s getting so big, so grown up.
We ate a packed lunch watching one of the shows – the singers – and I clapped for them. They didn’t have a big audience, but it was still early in the day.
After lunch, Teagan went back to the flyers, and then back to the kid area. She asked to ride on the roller coaster alone. Such a rock star, she sat in the front seat several times, holding her hands up. This was the first trip to Lake Compounce that I haven’t ridden the roller coaster.
We also went on the Drop Zone at least three times. If I laugh, it’s not so bad. She’s lucky I have the stomach for all these rides! She did the Pirate Ship (hands up!), Elephants, Caterpillar train and motorcycles a few times too.
After hearing a bit from Ashlin’s trip Tuesday, she wanted to be sure to see the acrobats – trampoline artists – Cirque en Vol. And she loved them. She asked that we watch a second show, and also some of the practice. She was so enthralled that she stopped talking for about 10 minutes. This is big. She giggled at practice, watching them get things better than the first show – they did drop a few of the juggling pins, over-rotate after a long trampoline run or make an impressive landing. Although the show was very good, watching her watch the show made it so much better.
She was so good, all day, that we shared a treat – churros! – and ended up leaving much later than I was hoping.
I’m very glad we were given season passes this year. I have a feeling we’re going to be spending a lot of time there this summer.
Teagan and Cirque En Vol