Atlantis #JetAdventure Day 3: Beach Olympics And A Car Race Too!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm
Wow, I knew there was a reason I broke up the Atlantis posts, but now I am hoping I can recall it all. Pretty tough considering I am staring out my window to seen snow on the ground. Sigh, I can almost feel the sea breeze on my face as I look at those “summer” Atlantis laundry still not put away. I refuse to put them away, in the hope that Spring appears earlier this year (a girl can hope, can’t she?).
Ok, time to whisk you back to our adventure and I am sure after you have read about Day 1 and Day 2 you are waiting for our final dosage. If nothing else that video from the Papa Post would have you eagerly waiting. I was pretty eager for Day 3 meeting on the beach for our Beach Olympics. Oh, not because I am the sporty type, in fact one look at me at it will dispel any such crazy thoughts. But because it was on the “beach”! The entire trip was such a whirlwind that getting to the actual beach was not possible so I was thankful that we were going to spend a glorious morning there. Of course I was about to change my mind about my fortune when I learned there was crawling through hoops – with your kiddo, a sack race – while carrying flight attendant stuff, carrying serving tray with cups full of water (did I mention they had holes in the cups?) and popping water balloons. My crazy moment was deciding to carry my 2.5 year old little girl in the sack (there were no rules that said you could not) instead of jumping in myself but my petite little girl seemed to weigh the world as I ran across to (what I believed was) the end. With fatigue draining me and thrilled I was near the end I could hear my team mates shouting “Go back”. Apparently we “ran out” of members so I had to carry her back. Alls well that ends well, and we won not just that race but our Blue Team won the Olympics.
While our out of shape bodies were screaming for a break we then spent some relaxing time walking on the beach before heading to the water rides. Being a mom I always carry a bag of “maybes” (maybe the kids need glasses, maybe they need a cover up, maybe they need an extra set of dry clothes, maybe they need …) so I was lugging a (cool pink) big bag around. To do the rides we needed to use the locker. Unlike at the Dolphin Cay where there was a special method with lockers, yet it was free, here we had to fork out $6 for a small one. Do that a few times and it begins to add up.
I also caught up with Kim Orlando (TravelingMom) (whom I simply adore but had never met IRL until this trip) to find out what her (most adorable and sweet) tween thought of the #JetAdventure.
For water rides there is something for everyone, and I mean everyone. Even the non-swimmer me managed to ride the tubes down the Lazy River using double tubes with the girls decked in life jackets. The water was shallow so that made me feel better but don’t believe the name as Lazy does not mean boring. The little twists and turn add a little adventure but not too much to be overwhelming. I could also see clearly why Atlantis is a pricier place – every so often along the Lazy River were several life guards – making me feel totally safe. There was something for every thrill seeker too with the huge waterslides cocooned between amazingly themed Atlantis sculptures. Since none of us in the family was into that type of adventure (well at least everyone of voting ages wasn’t) we headed to the Splashers fountain pools to hang out with the kids.
Being might exhausted after the water works we cleaned up and headed out to grab some food. Since this was the only time we got to choose a restaurant and eat alone we were initially excited but when the time came to choose a place we were too exhausted and chose Marina Pizza place as it was the closest. Hoping the kids would eat easily we were honestly again disappointed with the food, Pretty bland and not sure why no hot food around. A fix of Starbucks and then we were ready for our farewell party at the Atlantis Speedway.
The Atlantis Speedway was a place you built your own cars, got your “license” and raced your cars in the race track set out. The food was all themed well and the cupcakes always are truly memorable but the food itself was not anything to get excited about. We got to see the completed mural of the Lego pieces we started on the plane to Atlantis, which was made of 1,500 square blocks which were each made of smaller pieces. The one thing I loved was that Lego’s was made as a big part of every event, which meant that my girls were always (happily) preoccupied.
I also heard about the underwater tunnel and was flabbergasted that we were leaving the following morning and had not seen it. It was already a late night (they were all late nights) and I was torn between letting the girls sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast or heading to see the tunnel the next morning. We did a bit of both: woke up early and allowed girls to get a bit of sleep while we were ready and headed to the tunnel. I am so glad I did not miss it, I would have regretted it forever had I not come. Walking under a tunnel where sharks, stingrays and other fish swim above you is really indescribable.
Heart heavy and head full of blissful memories we started our voyage home. Thank you Jet Blue, Atlantis and Lego for a fabulous adventure that my family and I will cherish forever.
Other links of interest:
The Papa Post’s Video of the Jet Adventure (a must see – trust me)
Disclosure: All expenses for the Jet Adventure trip were paid.