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There’s more than corn in Indiana

June 24th, 2006

Indiana Beach Damn you, Indiana. As if I didn’t need another reason not to like that state, they go and mess up our arrival time to Indiana Beach by deciding to observe Daylight Saving Time beginning this year. Unbeknownst to us, the majority of the state is in the Eastern time zone. However, since they didn’t observe DST before, we never noticed because we only visited in the summer when our times matched. So imagine our surprise when we arrived at the amusement park this morning at what we thought was 10:20 am and couldn’t figure out why all the good parking was gone and the rides that don’t start until 11 am were already running. Um, yea, because it was actually 11:20 am. We had to park in the free lot and walk. Can you imagine? I’ve never had to do that before. We usually pay the $3 or $5 fee and park right under the Flume ride.

Other than that, we had a nice time. We went on $20 worth of rides, ate tacos, nachos, elephant ears, and a corn dog (well, Joe ate the corn dog), and played air hockey and skeeball. I almost thought I had lost my skeeball skills when I kept getting 10 points on every ball, but as I told Joe (who didn’t believe me at first), it just took me awhile to warm up. My best score was 320. I’m sure I could top that given more quarters to waste but I think $5+ was enough.

I have to say something, though. Either it’s me, or the place is getting more crowded every year. Between the smokers and the people wearing inappropriate clothing, my eyes and nose have been assaulted. I think it’s lost a lot of its magic for me as I’ve grown older. But we’ll be back again later this year because we promised the kids we’d take them. We’re contemplating going in the evening for a different experience and to avoid that awful sun. I put sunscreen on but I still got burned. :p

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  1. kapgar
    June 26th, 2006 at 09:22 | #1

    I’ve always known about them being Eastern Time Zone. Didn’t know they switched over to DST this year, though. Thanks for the heads up.

    Oh, and are you sure there’s more than just corn in Indiana? Sure you didn’t accidentally cross over into Ohio or Michigan? Maybe you never actually left Illinois?

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