Even worse than the car ride, though, is the arrival at the hotel. No matter how many times we tell them that people may be sleeping in their rooms, my boys run, screaming down the hallways. In spite of our insistence that the hotel room is a designated calm area, they jump from bed to bed, throw pillows at each other, wrestle, yell, hide in the closet, bang on the walls and slam the door. Within ten minutes of entering a hotel, my stress level is at an all time high.
However, both the towns of Lexington Kentucky and Asheville North Carolina have offered free, fun, awesome places where my kids could burn off their energy, and where I could re-connect with those loving feelings that made me want kids in the first place. What both towns have had are public fountains that people can play in.
Yesterday Lexington was HOT!!!! When we rode into town it was a sultry 93, and at 8:00 PM it had gotten down to a stifling 89. We bought ice cream and found a park where the kids could run around - but after a short time we were all feeling just plain hot, sticky and dirty. We decided to drive out to see some of the famous Kentucky Horse Stables - but we never got that far, because, as we were driving through town, we saw IT. The first thing to draw our attention were some absolutely beautiful horse sculptures: