austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Twas a thrilling, absolutely chilling running of the Ascot opening race

As for other parts of the park: well, the first ride we went on was the Mad Mouse, for a neat bookend to last year when we were the last (public) group to ride the wild mouse on closing day. (It also let us marvel at how empty the parking lot, visible just over the fence, was; also, we kept looking at the ride, which depends on a continuous flow of cars, to see how many empty cars they were sending out.) We rode all the roller coasters other than Big Dipper (one of the kids rides), and a couple times over, because who wouldn't? Later on we looked up the ride lengths on the Roller Coaster Database and determined we'd done something like five and a half miles on roller coasters, though to make the number sound a little less big I should point out that one of them, Shivering Timbers, is over a mile long by itself.

Shivering Timbers --- fifteen years old now --- showed evidence of being re-tracked some, and I thought it was a little smoother a ride than it had been. We tried riding front and back and came to no solid conclusion about where the ride had improved. Most battering, at least to me, was Thunderhawk, a steel-track thing with the harnessed seats, which shook back and forth enough to smack my head around.

There's a little railroad ride that putters around the park, which is a good way to get to the back end of the park if you want to avoid the water park crowd. There wasn't the need for that, sure, but it also gives some grand views of Shivering Timbers, as well as of the marshy lands that the park hasn't developed. At my impulse we took the railroad for the full circuit, which lead me to discover there was a little mine-type tunnel the train goes through on the return leg. I don't remember having seen that before; possibly bunny_hugger and I had only ever taken the railroad to the back of the park before. Possibly I just forgot using it to come up front.

Cedar Fair parks, Michigan's Adventure among them, switched over the winter from being Pepsi to Coke-product parks and bunny_hugger took a little delight in her preferred soda and/or pop coming to her local parks. We'd joked about this a bit going in, though as it happens, we didn't get anything to drink while there. We got a bag of kettle corn --- they've given up on the $5.00 ``small'' and $6.00 ``large'' ones and just have the large anymore --- although probably because of the small crowd they only had pre-made bags, and that was as much as we got in the park. We'd stop at a convenience store on the way out instead.

Trivia: Among the models used by the baronial rebels in composing the Magna Charta was the Coronation Charter issued by King Henry I in 1100; some of the grievances to be addressed, about abuses of royal patronage, were the same in the previous document. Source: 1215: The Year Of Magna Charta, Danny Danziger, John Gillingham.

Currently Reading: Priceless: The Myth Of Fair Value (and How To Take Advantage Of It), William Poundstone.


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