So we got our Waldameer wristbands. There's an interesting spread of roller coasters there, one a modern yet oddball form of wild mouse named the Steel Dragon. This is a swinging wild mouse ride, with a car that can rotate freely while going along the track; what's distinct here is that two of the seats start (and end) the ride facing backwards. I've not had the chance to ride a roller coaster, at least partway, backwards, and we took the rear seats on our first ride, for which we had to wait terribly long because it's a wild mouse and those always have long lines. But going up the lift hill and first couple turns backwards is great. We tried on later rides to get the backwards seat, but while the lines were reasonably short, we got paired up with people who themselves took the rear seats, so, we got backwards rides only when chance and rotational mechanics allowed. Anyway, it's quite fun and has this great paired-dragon motif to it.( Collapse )
Monday, what could there be but the long drive back to Lansing?
Trivia: In 1975 Rockwell built a 0.36-scale model of the space shuttle orbiter, lemon yellow in color and marked with a blue NASA logo, for wind tunnel tests, at a cost of a million dollars. Source: Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972 - 1981, T A Heppenheimer.
Currently Reading: Americanos: Latin America's Struggle For Independence, John Charles Chasteen. I didn't expect it to open with Alexander Humbolt.