It wasn't so much that Kayla was not interested in the Enchanted Forest so much as the drive there. Roland had asked to take off the last week of March. It was my understanding that Kayla and her family had planned to leave their house on Friday morning on March 23 - which was the last day of school for Kayla, but not for the school districts in Salt Lake. Their spring break did not until the following Thursday (the 29th) and so Roland had extra time off before the family arrived.
He wanted to do something special with Jenna and asked her to invite a friend that we might take with us to the Enchanted Forest. She had asked one friend who initially said "yes" but then had to tell her "no". She then decided to invite Ashley, whom I had never heard her mention before until that week as she had been invited to Ashley's birthday party.
Problem with many of Jenna's friends is not knowing the parents and if they would allow us to take their child with us to another county. Kamie's mom would in a heartbeat, but Kamie seems to always cut their playdates short as she has been experiencing health issues. It is hard enough fulfilling plans at home - let alone on the road. That was probably not a good idea.
Annette and Jenna had enjoyed each other's company two years ago, but not anymore. I may have suggested her if it wasn't for her meddlesome and rather insecure mother - who at one time did seem to like us. But the last time we took her on the road her mother had a fit. It was the last time Annette and Jenna got together and Kylee is always busy.
I drove Jenna to Ashley's house to meet her parents who seemed more than okay with our taking Ashley with us. But then Ashley seemed to want to back out. I told Jenna that she should contact Manuel - which I wish would have been my thought in the first place. The entire point of taking a friend was so that Jenna would have someone to go on the rides with. Manuel would have done that with her and they both would have enjoyed themselves - or so I believe.
I'm not saying that Ashley didn't have a good time, or that I have anything against her. I don't really know her still. She seems like a nice girl. She actually reminded me a lot of Jenna's friend, Savannah, and I caught myself nearly calling Ashley that at least three times. Savannah may have been a good choice too, but Jenna says she doesn't know how to get a hold of her now. But then again, I think Ashley may have displayed more enthusiasm than I have ever seen Savanah do.
Our family had never been to the park before, and so we were not sure what to expect - though I had looked it up online. In my mind, I had compared the descriptions to Pioneer Village section of Lagoon, an amusement park located in Farmington, Utah, as that is what I am familiar with. While Lagoon offers many rides, there really is not a huge selection of rides in the Pioneer Village part of the park.
Enchanted Forest seems to be divided into three main sections: Story Book Lane, Olde English Village, and Tofteville Western Town.
We started out on the left side of the castle exploring Story Book Lane. Jenna and Ashley took several pictures of each exhibit as they walked the lane. Jenna went into the "hole" where Alice fell
|entering the hole - the dark part of the picture|
and we met her further down the lane coming out of the keyhole.
|she walked through the keyhole to exit|
I think she's really too tall for many of the exhibits but enjoyed anyway. I think Manuel would have as well. Ashely had started following her but turned back and met us on the trail. I believe Manuel would have stayed with her and kept that beautiful smile upon his face. I rarely ever see him without his fabulous smile.
Jenna said her favorite exhibit was the crooked house. Ashley went in with her but I did not. It's challenging enough for me to stay balanced on the "switchback" trails. Most amusement parks seem level, but there was definitely climb to this one.