#89: Spend a Day at Oaks Park

This is part of our 100 Things in 2014 challenge. Here’s the full list.

For Will’s 12th day gift last year, he got a day with Mom and Dad at Oaks Park! Becky’s been going here since she was a kid! August is obviously the best time to go, so we dropped Lucy at the Jenson Grandparents’ castle, and headed to lovely southeast Portland.

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Our first ride of the day. I haven’t been on one of these in probably 20 years, and didn’t really like them then. By the end, Will wanted us to rock more, and I just wanted to get off.

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Will didn’t like being the rodent in the pink uniform. Or at least he said he didn’t.

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In this picture, we’re going about walking speed. Our grins got wider as we went faster.

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Some of the rides wouldn’t fit us old folk.

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Others would. The Scrambler™ was one of Will’s favorites.

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The bumper cars are always a hit. Will loves anything to do with driving.

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He wasn’t tall enough to drive the go-karts, but we had a good run anyways.

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His first time on roller skates!

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He wasn’t very good, but he was very brave and tenacious. We’re really proud of him.

In conclusion: Oaks Park in August is crowded, noisy, and hot, and if you’ve been there as a kid, it’s much less shiny than you remember. But if you’re 8, it’s about the happiest place on earth.

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