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Today is a Recovery Day... - The Rancho Commons
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
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Today is a Recovery Day...
Yesterday: 12:30pm-8:30pm at Carowinds.

Wow. We had a GREAT time yesterday at Carowinds. It was hot, yes, and we all got a mild sunburn, yes. Fortunately, Allie and I made efforts to shade the boys whenever possible so we took the brunt of the sun. Water was $3.00 a bottle, as were bottled soft drinks (sodas, cokes, pops - fill in your vernacular here). But we went at a great time. The lines were minimal on nearly every ride! It was unbelievably uncrowded. We got to ride a lot of the rides.


If we had gone before this year, Josh would have been too small to ride almost anything, and Evan would not have been big enough to ride the really BIG rides. As it was, our timing was perfect, as Josh just clears the 44" cut-off, and Evan just clears the 54" cut-off. Of course, Josh was a tad upset about not getting to ride the BIG attractions, but we minimized this by splitting up. Allie is more prone to motion sickness, so I took Evan on the whomping coasters that twist, go upside down, etc. While we did that, she and Josh would go ride a "kiddie ride" which would still be major fun, even for us as adults, but would be less "stressful." It cracked me up a few times when we all rode stuff together to hear Josh screaming a blood-curdling scream of fear, and to look back and see true horror on his nearly five-year-old face, only to have him want to ride again when we got off!

Allie and Evan preparing to be lifted 160 feet up, then be dropped! It feels much worse than the description!
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Joshua and me about to ride the Scream Weaver, which got us both nauseated.
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Allie and Josh just finishing up the Goldrusher 'coaster ride.
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Josh on the Carousel...
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And Evan...
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Allie, Josh (obscured to her left) and Evan (in front of her) in a Runaway Reptar 'coaster action shot.
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Evan, Allie, and Josh, and Sponge Bob Square Pants, of course, at the end of a very long day!
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We got a few good pics, but next time, more like next year or so, I plan to take my less fancy camera so I can risk some pictures actually on some of the coasters. Like, holding the camera up over my head and taking pictures of Allie and Josh/Evan in the seats behind me. That would make for some cool shots, I think.
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Comments
From: recycling Date: August 4th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, no..being dropped from 160 feet doesn't sound like too much fun. The last time I went to a theme park, I screamed like a little girl and thought okay, I'm having a heart attack, right here on this roller coaster in the Ozarks, of all places.

But, you know, this kind of stuff is strictly for the kids anyway. You're a good dad.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: August 5th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
The first time I rode the Drop Zone, a few years back, was the first time I was truly scared of a ride that I can remember. We got to the 160 foot top, nothing under our feet, facing out where you can see for miles, and I said (being totally serious), "We should not be here!"

I ended up riding it several times that day, mainly because my wife kidded me so much about being scared. I wasn't going to let her be able to tell people, "He was so scared, he wouldn't even ride it with me again!"

Um, yeah. Just for the kids and I'm a good dad to sacrifice a day for them, having no fun myself whatsoever. Shyah right!
From: recycling Date: August 6th, 2004 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, we've had this amusement park around here since I was born called Worlds of Fun, and my parents never, ever took me there. I had to be 14 and mow lawns and buy a summer pass, so as far as parenting is concerned, you're like Santa Claus or something. :/

But I do think we get to an age where we probably shouldn't be dropped from several hundred feet or ride in a small car that goes 60 mph, upside down.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: August 6th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
But I do think we get to an age where we probably shouldn't be dropped from several hundred feet or ride in a small car that goes 60 mph, upside down.

Yeah, probably. I wonder how I'll know when I've gotten there? When I have to leave my walker on the exit platform before I buckle into the coaster seat? ;-)
schmimi From: schmimi Date: August 4th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with Jay... you'd never catch me going on rides like that. Amusement parks and basic rollercoasters are fine, it's those extreme ones and especially the ones with the huge drops that I can't handle AT ALL. They scare me to the point where it's not fun.

But man, your kids sure are cute! :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: August 5th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I rarely feel scared, usually just thrilled, so it is a lot of fun for me (and Allie) as well. There is a suspended coaster called Top Gun there that takes a sharp right turn at the top while banking (like a jet) and dives down toward the ground sharply. It is simply the best ride I've ever been on!

Thanks for the compliment! We are going to get Josh's glasses tomorrow, he'll be 5 on the 20th. Evan just got his this week (he's 9). :-( Bad genes. I began wearing glasses at age 9 and my dad started at age 5, so it continues.

School starts for them next week. Yay. "Four eyes, four eyes!" How I remember.
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