Well, I’d say our trip down south to Knott’s Berry Farm was a big success. We were up by 6am, in the car a little after 7am for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Buena Park and at the park by the time it opened! Of course the 20 minutes it took us to get Rudy’s rig all set up and packed was agony for the big kids as they waited in view of the main gate so we sent them ahead to scope things out! Once inside the park, we hit the ground running as we towed Rudy behind in his wagon. Olivia decided she was up to try the wilder coasters so she started off with Rolf and the boys on a tame coaster at Camp Snoopy and when the ride was over, she was hooked! From there she graduated straight to the “big rides” and was off with big brothers to tackle “Jaguar” and “Montezuma’s Revenge” without hesitation! With the help of our good friends from L.A., we set up a base camp somewhere far from the roar of the coasters (Rudy DID NOT like the loud sounds and screams from the coasters) and then we were all free to come and go in different configurations to ride a ride, go for a food run or window shop all the while giving Rudy a chance to spread out on a table and enjoy the beautiful day and all the fun people to watch. How in the world did we do amusement parks before cell phones? When the big kids made their way through all the rides in one section, we’d pack up and move base camp to the next section of the park and so on…as long as we found a spot far away from the crowds, Rudy was content.
The hours passed quickly and finally it dawned on us in the late afternoon that maybe there was a ride Rudy could ride…so the whole gang headed back to Camp Snoopy to find an appropriate “Rudy ride”. Not knowing they had special passes for handicapped kids allowing them to go to the front of the line, we waited in line for the “Balloon Race” reminiscing about standing in the very same line for the first time 11 years ago with Wilson…with Max a couple of years later… and then with Olivia a couple of years after that. And there we were again with everyone anticipating Rudy’s first ride and wondering if he was going to like it. We got him and his oxygen loaded in next to Max and Rolf and he was all smiles!