Today we resort poached (OK, not really, but we felt like it!). We played at the Hilton today, checked out their dolphins, the lagoon, swam (froze) in their pool, took a boat ride (from Disneyland!) and rode the tram. We laughed at Grammie - we never managed to get her on a Japanese train... But we finally coerced her onto a "shinkansen" (it is the faux-monorail within the resort itself).
It is really beautiful (duh, 5 star resort), but I am hard pressed to think they can not heat their pools, even a teensy bit, when an Ito En Oi Ocha (bottled green tea) costs $3.75 (¥120/$1.30 in standard vending machine).
However, the slides were a huge hit. Stefan rode it until he turned blue then would jump in the hot tub to pink up again. Ride, rinse, repeat. Dougie had joined the fun after Stefan thawed out and was done with the arctic pond. After 6-8 rides, I asked Dougie to come over so I could look at his lips. I could not tell if they were blue he was chattering so badly.
One more ride before the hot tub!
Dougie shut the slide down, Eric and Stefan took a tour of the resort, played giant checkers (Dad lost) and Ian played chase with Pop across the suspension bridge after digging up all the sand in the Keiki pond.
Regardless of pool temperatures (kept the adults out!), the boys all had a great time. The rest of us decided (already knew) that, although it is a lot of fun to drop in on a place like this, it was just not our kind of place. You are hard pressed to want to leave the resort, yet you are in one of the most beautiful, scenic and fascinating places on earth! Eric and I are more likely to "rough it" in a bungalow kind of place (and love it!), whereas my folks are more interested in the creature comforts. However, they like a place where the gold they wear can be from the mustard spilled down your shirt... We DEFINITELY feel the same way!
The upside for us? It was not our kid peeing in the Keiki pond - it was a hotel guest's kid ;)
After dinner and a stroll home, the boys were washed, teeth brushed, prayed over and put to bed. Eric and I packed... Tomorrow we head to Honolulu and then back home :(