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Well, I am back from vacation. I was thinking about why do we really go on vacations. I seem to stay so busy most of the time, that I really don't have time to just hang out at my house. So, it seems it would be much cheaper and maybe just as enjoyable to stay around the house when I'm off.

But, off we went with the car loaded down. We headed north for a short two hour drive and went to a campground near Hagerstown Md. We toured the Antietam Civil War Battlefield, went on a canoe ride, cooked marshmallows over the fire and just had fun. We did get rained on a bit though, and that's a downside to any vacation, especially when you are staying in a tent.

Then, we headed farther north into Pennsylvania and went to Knoebels Amusement Park and campground. This is a unique park from my perspective as you can enter the park without paying. Most amusement parks charge outrageous fees to just get in, but this one doesn't. It also gives you the option of buying tickets for individual rides if you want. Of course, we went with the one price to ride everything option as we knew we would hit the majority of rides, some multiple times.

The first night we waited until 5PM to get the discout to go into the Water Park. Water slides are great fun, but with the ol' mazske climbing the stairs around 25 times to slide down, he was getting tired as were mazske JR's and the missus.

The next day we went from 11AM to 10PM going on ride after ride with a break to walk back to the campground to cook lunch. The campground joins the amusement park so you can just walk back and forth. The day climaxed with me and the oldest child going on the Sklooosh ride 4 consecutive times. This is the ride where you are in a "boat" and when you drop and hit the bottom it creates a huge wave that drenches everyone on the ride. Then we would get on the bridge and get soaked by the next wave. I think my shoes are still drying out from that ride.

All told, we spent between $450-$500 for our 5 day vacation. That includes our lodging <campgrounds>, food, gas, snacks, admission to the two parks and battlefield. $500 bucks is not chicken feed, but it's not a couple thousand like some people spend for a week at the beach in a condo.

I was wondering how the Board would hold up while I was gone, and it seems to have done well. Welcome to the new visitors and congrats on the Post of the Day to Matt, <I hope I remember right>.

It's good to get away sometimes, but it's nice to be back home.
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