Kara's Graduation and MiA 5/24

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Sunday, May 25, 2003 9:48 AM
I was pretty geeked up for this trip. We got on the road to Muskegon at 11:30 am, and drove in and out of rain in fast moving traffic. We made one stop between Lansing and Grand Rapids for lunch, and after some jockeying around with bad directions from mapquest, arrived at Kara's house around 2:30. Kara, Matt, Rob and Kristin were in the back yard. I gave Kara the special poster I made for her.

At 4:30, an anxious Kara changed into her coaster riding duds and we headed to Michigan's Adventure with Matt, Kristin, and Rob. I'm afraid I don't remember the names of the other two girls who joined us. This is a group shot outside the entrance to Falling Star.

Of course our first ride was on Timbers. The park was virtually empty, so only the blue train was running. Although Kara said it wasn't running as well as last year, I don't ride Timbers often enough to notice the difference. It was still a great, airtime filled ride and I just LOVE this coaster. The retracking in the helix made it fast and wild!

While waiting for a fellow coasterbuzzer who was riding the next train after us, Rob got a little crazy for a picture. We were all introduced to Craig the Coasterfreak, then went to ride some flats.

Gordon (my husband), Kristin, Rob and I all squeezed into Tilt-A-Whirl and had the most intense ride I've ever had on one of these. The car just got into a groove and spun like crazy. We hit Falling Star next, with Rob, Kristin and I screaming for effect, which carried over to our next ride, the Mad Mouse where we screamed on the hairpins and drops. The trims were hardly catching which made for a fast ride. They added retractable seat belts to this ride which I think are great!

We road Zach's Zoomer where the ride op was happy to see a group of "big kids" so he didn't have to "scrunch down to little kid level for a change". BeBop Blvd was down, so we moved on to the dreaded Drummer Boy. Again, Gordon, Kristin, Rob and I piled into one car, and Gordon and Rob had it spinning so quickly that even Rob seemed to get dizzy.

We stumbled off of Drummer Boy and made our way to Corkscrew for a fast lap in the back, then onto SeaDragon where even Gordon joined in with the screaming every time the ship rose to it's high point in the swing. The ride op said they really ought to rework the ride so it spins in a complete circle. Hee!

We rode Wolverine Wildcat next, and I was surprised at how much smoother it ran! The retracking made a HUGE difference in this coaster. Still feeling queasy, Gordon and I opted for one last ride on Timbers with the group before heading home. After we said goodbye, we decided to get a pop on the way out, and when pulling out money we were told "don't worry about it!" Many of the ride ops were extremely pleasant and this just topped the great day off.

The drive back was just as fast and easy as the drive to. Although the weather was cloudy and cool, the only rain we got was on the drive itself. Gordon had to chuckle that we spent more time on the road than in Michigan's Adventure, but we had a great time with Kara, Matt, Rob and Kristin.

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Sunday, May 25, 2003 10:48 AM
I totally forgot about Drummer Boy! I can't believe we didn't even walk over there. Is it kinda hidden behind BeBop Blvd.?

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Monday, May 26, 2003 6:48 AM
Not really hidden, but past BeBop and the carousel, just before the arcade. Adults don't realize how intense this little kiddie ride can be if you get it spinning fast enough.

Of course, I use the word adult loosely as I'm sure a few of the GP there might have wondered about us. I certainly feel like a kid again when spending time at parks with that group. Even my normally reserved husband crawled out of his shell around them.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
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Wednesday, May 28, 2003 10:16 AM
Wonderful tr CP...sorry I wasn't there to join y'all. I coach JV BB and we had our final games of the season that day. By the time we were done, it was after 5...and when I got home, my soon to be ex-wife was there to give me grief. So none the less the rest of my evening was shot and I wasn't able to make it to the park. It looks like y'all had a wonderful time. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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My worst day fishing is better than my best day at work....
my worst day coastering is better than my best day fishing.

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