September 7th, 2013

krazy koati

Makes you laugh like mad

Knoebels isn't just an amusement park, with a lumber yard next door that the family also owns; it's also a campground, and I admit I'm not an experienced camper but mustn't that be great? The border between park and campground is vague, since the park is free-admission, but it also means it's easy to find you've walked out of park territory and into campground territory and we'd do that several times over the day. We also run across old campground evidence, in the form of little cabins that are still dotted through the park. Some of them are obviously being used for operations; some have been turned into shops. Many of them have historical plaques explaining that, for example, this was the first known cottage (dating to 1917, which is about a decade before the amusement park side got started), which just fires the imagination of living, even if it's just for a couple days, in an amusement park.

Oh, yes, we missed Knoebels' spaghetti night, and from the signs announcing that we realized that spaghetti night at amusement parks was not a quirk confined to the one owned by a spaghetti sauce maker, but was a general property of Pennsylvania Parks. We'd learn of another one, at the park that made the deepest impression upon us, and which was part of our Sunday on the trip. You won't believe everything that's true about that park, though.

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As of today, they haven't opened it.

Trivia: In 1481 the Common Council of the City of London prohibited the raising of the drawbridge on London Bridge except for great ``necessite and defence'' of the City, as raising and lowering it weakened the drawbridge. Source: Old London Bridge: The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe, Patricia Pierce.

Currently Reading: Naming Infinity: A True Story Of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, Loren Graham, Jean-Michel Kantor.

PS: Some Difficult Math Problems That You Understand , which you truly do. Go ahead and check.