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Company Picnic at Waldameer Park

On Saturday, June 19th, Bob and I attended his company picnic at Waldameer Amusement Park and Water World in Erie, PA.

We left home, via motorcycle, at 10:30 AM. The weatherman was forecasting 50% chance of rain, but we decided to risk getting wet. We didn’t see any rain on our way to Erie, although we did encounter a few wet roads. When we reached Waldameer, we learned that it had rained hard there at 11:00 AM.

We arrived at Waldameer around 12:30 PM. Lunch was served from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Our lunch choices included baby carrots, celery sticks, macaroni and potato salads, baked beans, hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.

After lunch we wandered about the park. Next to our picnic pavilion was the Mega Vortex. This thrill ride was added last year. We didn’t attend the company picnic last year, so this was the first time we had seen the Mega Vortex.

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Mega Vortex

Beginning on the right with the man in the striped shirt, he and the five individuals to his left are friends of ours.

Not far from the Mega Vortex was Dodgems.

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Our friend Jerry

Jerry and his adult son enjoyed showing off their driving skills. I think they need to improve their driving skills, though, to avoid those head-on collisions!

We rode two rides — the Wacky Shack and the train.

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I took this picture of our friend Roger and his son, Adam, while waiting in line for our turn to ride through the Wacky Shack. The Wacky Shack is a two-story ride. The cars follow along a dark, spooky path.

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One of Bob’s coworkers and his family
on board the L. Ruth Express train

We watched Evolution of Dance at Waldameer’s Showtime Theater at 2:00 PM. Undoubtedly, Simon Cowell would have been critical of their performance. Some parts of the performance were good, so I would say that the show was enjoyable.

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Evolution of Dance

Dinner was served from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Our dinner choices included baby carrots, celery sticks, macaroni and potato salads, garden salad, BBQ chicken, sausage, beef on weck, ham and ice cream.

At 5:30 PM names were drawn for several prizes (only employee and retirees names were included in these drawings). Bob didn’t win any prizes. He would have liked to had won the 8 wellness hours to get a day off work.

We played bingo soon after the drawings. We didn’t win anything playing bingo either, but we did have a good time.

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Bingo had not yet started.
Our friends’ son, David, is hopeful for a win.

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My Bingo card; almost a winner.

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Two attentive Bingo players

Throughout the day we socialized with Bob’s coworkers and their families. Spending time with our friends is the main reason that we attend the company picnic.

We left Waldameer after playing Bingo. We saw the most beautiful cloud formations — HUGE puffy white clouds emerging from horizon against a brilliant blue sky — on our way home.

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Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course on Rt. 19 in Waterford, PA

When we reached Corry, those clouds started to look threatening.

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Bob pulled out his Blackberry and checked out the weather. It looked like we might hit some rain on rest of our way home. We put on our rain gear in a parking lot across from Walmart on Rt. 6. It is a good thing that we did, as we did run into some rain on our way home. We returned home around 9:00 PM.

8 Responses to “Company Picnic at Waldameer Park”

  1. Ciss B

    That Vortex was interesting to watch! I'm glad the rain held off until you started home! (The could pic is gorgeous!)

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  2. Betsy from Tennessee

    Hi Linda, Waldameer Park looks like a great place to have a company picnic. Glad you two went. It's nice to be with co-workers in a different setting… That Mega Vortex looks fun but scary… When I was younger, I would ride all of those types of rides… BUT–no longer.Glad you got home safely –even if you got wet.Hugs,Betsy

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  3. Rose

    Sounds like you all had a good time…BTW, I love that second from the bottom shot of those clouds!

    Reply

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