We went to Mountain Creek this weekend with friends.
We hadn't been there in a couple of years, and a few things stood out.
First, Samuel and Ethan refuse to stop growing. No more lifejackets in the wave pool. They braved a raft ride. They were asked to leave the pirate kiddie cove because they were too big.
Second, I'd forgotten how un-Disneyfied Mountain Creek is.
Most waterparks look like they were built by the same corporate engineering and design team: same materials, same specs, same fake fiberglass palm trees with hidden speakers blasting Jimmy Buffett's greatest hits. Mountain Creek looks like it was built by Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and a few stoner buddies.
"Dude, we should put like a giant cliff jump here."
"Totally. Toss me a bag of concrete, bro."
Click on the photo below to see the homemade padding placed around the base of the Tarzan swing, as if determined by trial and error. It's charming in an unnerving kind of way.
In any event, we all enjoyed ourselves. And we were swayed by their 2-for-1 season pass marketing pitch, so we'll be back next year.