We got out of the show to the last few hours of Cedar Point's season. We took the train to the back of the park. We got, if my pictures are reliable notes, the Judy K, which I think is the engine that used to work for some Lansing company. The train's a decent way to get to the back of the park, and better, it's a good way to get views of the park from weird angles. It gave us some of our better views of what's left of Mean Streak. The ride had been under renovation for several weeks, ever since the closing ceremony. Already big chunks of its lift hill were gone, just, removed, although most of the wooden lattice support structure was in place. There wasn't any getting close to the ride, much less making out just what they're doing with it, but a roller coaster partially deconstructed is a heck of a thing to see.
We got in some rides in the back of the park, and more sightseeing, since it's just a great place to be and to wander around. I'm not sure if we got another ride on the Mine Ride, but it's plausible we would've. It's rarely a ride with a long wait to it, and it's a satisfying ride.
We had dinner at the Midway Market, the buffet restaurant that for some reason my head can't understand is closed Halloweekend Fridays. We often get there one night per Halloweekends weekend since it is both warm and a pretty good deal, and we'd missed it on Saturday. Got garlic fries instead, using the park's new and very annoying electronic ordering system that's converted the mess of people just ordering fries at a cash register to people staring uncomprehending at a computer screen and then not knowing if they paid or not because the credit card system doesn't work very well. Sunday, the restaurant, that was easier to understand. We paid, then went inside, then ate.
Thing we didn't realize until we got into the market: this was the last day of the season. All their food, basically, had to go now or never. So the place was stuffed full. It might not always be very good, but on the other hand, we'd never seen so many desserts there. Lots and lots and lots there. Also I snapped some pictures of the market, as I realized we never had got any pictures and who knew if they'd be renovated or something? We have no reason to think they will be anytime soon, but that's the thing. A place like that changes all over and you never see it coming.
We did something we hadn't done before. We rode the Witches' Wheel. That's an Enterprise ride. It's got free-swinging cars on a spinning axle that rises to nearly vertical. It's the sort of ride that, again, you never pay attention to. But it's there and who knows when it might not be anymore? It's the sort of thing I can ride easily. bunny_hugger gets nauseous more easily at this kind of motion but was feeling good, and these sorts of rides are usually easier on a full stomach. It was kind to her this time and, well, what a nice change of pace. We also got a good ride in on the Monster, which is not a rare ride. Just a slow one; it takes forever to load and unload.
A couple of last rides, for the final hours. Mostly roller coasters. Raptor, Iron Dragon, Blue Streak. Some time watching the glorious depths of clouds rolling in after sunset as lit by the park's lights (and, secondarily, Sandusky's lights). We got on the Midway Carousel for the last ride of the season, a rare one with the merry-go-round nearly full.
We had looked at the sweets shop before our last rides, but there was a line and we figured we could get Chicago-style popcorn for the drive home afterwards. By the time we got there after the carousel ride they'd closed for the night, and season. I blame myself; I'd stopped for some pictures of the rides graveyard and the like and while it maybe only cost us a minute, we might've missed the last admittances by a minute.
So we set off for home with that disappointment. Always some mean little anticlimax. But we got to see out the season. And as we left about as the park closed we were able to get home, to our familiar bed, not long after midnight.
Still no official word, as far as I've heard, about what Mean Streak is turning into. It's going to be something called Vicious Streak, I'm sure. They ought to make something called Winning Streak, but they won't.
Trivia: On 26 January 1929 architect William Van Allen sent Walter Chrysler plans for the 51st through 67th floors of his building. Source: Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City, Neal Bascomb. (The 28th through 50th floors would follow later.)
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