I think she was a little surprised when we all agreed so readily. A girls day at Lagoon...no kids, just a bunch of friends spending the day together. Not unusual at all...you know, if you are a bunch of teenagers rather than a group of (very young looking) middle aged mothers and grandmothers.
It took us awhile to find a date that would work, what with grandbabies being born, family vacations, work and my surgery that put me out of commission for quite a few weeks. We had a date set for the last week of August that started falling apart the closer we got to it. We finally grabbed the final Saturday in September and dug in our heels. We were going to make this work! And though Sally had to pull out at the last minute due to a family emergency, we decided we better go regardless or it just wasn't going to happen.
Doped up on ibuprofen and Dramamine, we hit the park. (Because did I mention we are not spring chickens anymore? And that the excessive spinning of certain rides tends to make us nauseous, and headaches come on more quickly during those brain rattling roller coasters? So there is a chance that spinning on the scrambler may now make us hurl afterwards which didn't used to happen when we were younger? But I digress...)
Lagoon always looks so awesome when it is decked out in its autumn and Halloween finery....even if I was a little nervous about the enthusiasm Georgia and Linda displayed about hitting some of the haunted houses later in the evening. (I hate haunted houses.)
But we laughed and laughed and laughed! I have not laughed that hard in ages. We went on all the roller coasters...some I hadn't been on in years (as the designated chaperone of a little Lilian who hasn't been tall enough in recent visits) and some that were newer that I'd never tried. A word about the Cannibal roller coaster that opened just this summer....Best. Ride. Ever. And okay, that's more than one word, but whatever. I've watched the progress on that coaster for the past two years through trips to the park and daily drives past it on the freeway. I was giddy to finally get a chance to try it out. It did not disappoint. And was one of the few rides we made sure to do a second time.
Comments you may have overheard had you been near us marking us as vocalists, "Does anyone have to sing a solo in church tomorrow?" "Just make sure you scream in your vocal register...we're all sopranos after all." "I'm going to hashtag this picture #notinblack. Except apparently #sarahdidntgetthememo."
We decided to get our pictures taken in Pioneer Village decked out in old fashioned formal attire. We dubbed ourselves The Ladies Choral Society due to the fact that we've been singing together for a good 17 years now. Hats and parasols and fans....we giggled through the whole thing. I'd never done the Pioneer Village pictures before so I was particularly pleased about the whole experience. And of course we had to stop at the ice cream parlor when we were finished.
I tell you what, it was a ridiculously fun day. As much as we enjoy singing together weekly, as wonderful as those big performance days are during concert season....it sure was a fun change to see each other and hang out in a whole different sort of activity...one where we don't have to wear concert black. (Even if I did anyway. What? It's a comfortable dress with pockets!) Katie, Melissa, Linda, Georgia and Sally...let's do it again soon. Maybe bowling next time?