Return to Gilroy Gardens

2015 07 12 Paddle Boats 1, July 12, 2015, 10:06 a.m.

Suited up and ready to board a Paddle Boat, July 12, 2015, 10:06 a.m.

From Daddy: We had a great day at Gilroy Gardens yesterday!

2015 07 12 Paddle Boats 2, July 12, 2015, 10:07 a.m.

Off we go in the Paddle Boat! We chose a swan, July 12, 2015, 10:07 a.m.

We arrived prior to opening and were among the first dozens to enter the park.

2015 07 12 10.10.06 Paddle Boats, July 12, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

Leaning back nearing the falls in a Paddle Boat with Daddy, July 12, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

He and I jogged to the Paddle Boats and were the first to shove off.

2015 07 12 10.11.19 Paddle Boats, July 12, 10:11 a.m.

The falls at the end of the lake in a Paddle Boat, July 12, 10:11 a.m.

We enjoyed great control unlike the first and other time that we tried them.

2015 07 12 10.11.23 Paddle Boats, July 12, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Watching the waterfall in a Paddle Boat, July 12, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

We made great time on the way to the waterfall at the end of Coyote Lake.

2015 07 12 10.11.25 Paddle Boats, July 12, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Smiling near the waterfalls in a Paddle Boat, July 12, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Mommy chose to stay on land and took photos from shore.

2015 07 12 Paddle Boats 4, July 7, 2015, 10:14 a.m.

We made great time on our Paddle Boat, returning in about nine minutes, July 7, 2015, 10:14 a.m.

Afterward, we headed over the the South County Backroads.

2015 07 12 South County Backroads 1, July 12, 2015, 10:29 a.m.

In line for South County Backroads, July 12, 2015, 10:29 a.m.

This is Gilroy Gardens’ version of Disney’s Autopia.

2015 07 12 South County Backroads 3, July 12, 2015, 10:29 a.m.

We were in line for a 1950s car at South County Backroads, July 12, 2015, 10:29 a.m.

Last time we chose the 1920s line with cars that could seat our family

2015 07 12 South County Backroads 5, July 12, 2015, 10:35 a.m.

Ready to drive Mommy on the South County Backroads, July 12, 2015, 10:35 a.m.

Instead, we chose the 1950s since the line–though longer–would not take overly long in the morning.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAZZ4Ue_eiw to see him train for American Ninja Warrior at Oak Park Playground while we took a few minutes to regroup)

2015 07 12 Garlic Twirl 1, July 12, 2015, 10:50 a.m.

Ready to twirl in a garlic bulb, July 12, 2015, 10:50 a.m.

Then we backed up to a favorite of his and Mommy’s: The Garlic Twirl (pictured above). They usually ride it more than once during the day, and today would be no exception.

Apple & Worm at Gilroy Gardens
2015 07 12 10.59.26 Apple & Worm, July 12, 2015, 10:59 a.m.

Ready to ride the Apple & Worm, July 12, 2015, 10:59 a.m.

Then, nearby, he and I rode the Apple & Worm.

2015 07 12 10.59.37 Apple & Worm, July 12, 2015, 10:59 a.m.

Looking at his tongue on the smartphone’s selfie view while on Apple & Worm, July 12, 2015, 10:59 a.m.

Afterward, food concessions opened and we got free ice water then proceeded to another favorite: Balloon Flight!

2015 07 12 Balloon Flight 1, July  12, 11:12 a.m.

Ready to be airborn on the Balloon Flight, July 12, 11:12 a.m.

Then, on to Balloon Flight! Typically, this ride requires a long wait, but not this morning!

2015 07 12 11.14.12 Balloon Flight, July 12, 2015, 11:14 a.m.

Taking advantage of selfie view on Balloon Flight, July 12, 2015, 11:14 a.m.

It was a treat for the line to be short!

2015 07 12 11.14.26 Balloon Flight, July 12, 2015, 11:14 a.m.

Lovely balloons on Balloon Flight, July 12, 2015, 11:14 a.m.

Afterward, we walked to and through the beautiful Bonfonte Falls.

2015 07 12 11.26.03 Bonfonte Falls, July 12, 2015, 11:26 a.m.

Admiring Bonfonte Falls, July 12, 2015, 11:26 a.m.

After a turn at the Pinnacles Rock Maze, we went to Bonfonte Falls!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9zbeiujG3I to see us rush through/under a waterfall!)

Then he played at the Water Oasis!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41uHZ_so8mc to see him slide down a water slide after an interminable wait)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLJbdGYl1Uo to see more splashing)

Then he spent the most time playing and shooting water guns at Splash Garden.

2015 07 12 Gilroy Gardens - Panoramic Wheel 4, July 12, 2015, 1:48 p.m.

A view of Splash Garden from the Panoramic Wheel 4, July 12, 2015, 1:48 p.m.

He dried off and then he and Mommy enjoyed Dippin’ Dots dessert in the amphitheater where the Superreaders of Super Why were visiting.

2015 07 12 Superwhy 3, July 12, 2015, 12:48 p.m.

Daddy enjoyed a moment with three of the Superreaders from PBS’ Super Why, July 12, 2015, 12:48 p.m. He wouldn’t pose with them but he would take the photo.

Later, a ride on the monorail!

2015 07 12 Sky Trail Monorail 3, July 12, 2015, 1:17 p.m.

Ready for a ride on the Sky Trail Monorail, July 12, 2015, 1:17 p.m.

2015 07 12 Sky Trail Monorail 4, July 12, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Relaxed on the Sky Trail Monorail, July 12, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Later, the Panoramic (Ferris) Wheel!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09rUbDVkCK4 to ride around the Panoramic Wheel, and you don’t even have to endure the interminable wait that we did!)

The Day Before

Dinner in Gilroy after driving from San Francisco in the afternoon!

2015 07 11 18.38.18 Fresh Choice, July 11, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

They share a root beer float at Fresh Choice, July 11, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

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