Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mini-Golf Mini-Adventure

I wrote last week about all the appointments we've had this summer and how little fun we've actually been able to squeeze in during the week, but there have been exceptions.  Last week, I took the girls to play mini-golf and drive go-carts in Salem.

We got there late morning and strangely, we were the only people on either course.  Why, I don't know, we had a lot of fun and I'm sure the place is usually crowded.

Being the only two people on the go-cart track was pretty amazing.

The girls enjoyed whizzing around and around.

Henry missed out on this particular driving experience, but he's had two behind-the-wheel opportunities since he got his permit.  I wanted Henry to go out with a professional teacher the first time he got behind the wheel, so we signed him up for a series of driving lessons with a local school.  His first day was last Thursday, while I was picking up Elizabeth and Owen from Connecticut.  Apparently, the way the driving school works, is that they pick you up at your house with an instructor and another student (Massachusetts has rules about how many hours you have to drive with an instructor before you get your license and it includes observing other people driving) and then you drive the other teen home to his house and then you pick up another student who then observes you - or something like that.  In any case, the very first driving experience Henry had was not driving around an empty parking lot like we had all assumed, but instead driving down actual streets with cars and bikes and people alongside of him.  And not only in our town but through traffic to a neighboring town! 

Talk about trial under fire.

His next lesson isn't until the end of August and in the meantime, Gordy and I will take him out to practice in perhaps less stressful spots.

Yesterday, Henry drove me around our block and did a very good job.  I did realize pretty quickly that our neighborhood is surrounded by busy streets - something I hadn't really noticed before.

I'll keep you posted.


Diane Guymon said...

that reminds me of melanee learning to drive a stick shift story....i have probably blogged this story, so you may have heard it....but Scott picked Melanee up from her friend's house, told her to drive home (in the stick shift car) DRIVE HOME, through Chico, not in an empty parking lot....on many different roads, stop signs, stop lights, and crossing the main road in town!!!! And she did it. She made it home. We have a stop sign in front of our house. She stopped there, then pulled into our drive way area and instead of hitting the brake in front of our white picket fence, she hit the gas....and drove through the fence!!! She helped Scott rebuild it! Luckily she didnt hit a tree or even the fence post!!! luckily she didn't crash the whole rest of the drive....Bradley drove in a parking lot a few times, before he "got" stick shifting....but Melanee, the trial by fire method, worked great! William drove all around on the day he got his permit. It wasnt until later that we read the fine print that says the permit isnt valid until he had taken a behind the wheel course! Oops!!!!

Janet said...

you were practically in my neighborhood in Salem - those go-carts are fun! Driving with your teenager is an interesting experience, isn't it? White knuckles holding onto the door handle is usually how I travel. Pretty soon you'll have the "car wars" between siblings like we have in my house. Happy Summer!

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