Monday, September 25, 2000 9:44 AM
Thanks to Rus Ozana for this event and to all of RRC, everyone I met during the event and everyone I already knew, for making the day so much fun:
Lake Compounce - Bristol, CT
Saturday, September 23
weather: cool and cloudy all day, misting rain at night
The folks I was with, all LC regulars for the most part, all figured out that we should ride a good ride that has bad capacity and thus later in the day would have long lines. So...
Ghost Hunt: For those of you who have never been to The Lake, Ghost Hunt is an indoor haunted house sort of ride, with a twist. You have a little day-glo gun, and you have to shoot at the little blue lights that come up along the course. Of course, it is all competition as you are in a seat with another person beside you, and scores are kept right in front of your faces. This was extremely fun, even though I lost to my ex-boyfriend, never a good feeling you know, hehe.
Next, I had to do it. I had to...
Boulder Dash: Much of the coaster is hidden, making for a very exciting (but very short, maybe one train) wait in line, looking at the course that winds up a mountain, down the mountain, and then out and back along the mountain. Except, all you could see from the station was part of the up, small part of the down, and part of the out. This coaster, even in the morning before it was properly warmed up, was amazing. Most really fast wooden coasters flop, a la Mean Streak and Son of Beast. Boulder Dash, however, is an exception to this rule. While going 60 mph, it is still able to maintain good forces and manage not to be excruciatingly spine-crushing rough. The airtime on this ride is exquisite, and the visuals are breathtaking. We rode this a few times, and then moved on over to another wooden coaster...
Wildcat: Heeding the warnings from the people I was with, I avoided the wheel seat. This coaster has the sort of lap bars that just s爀琀愀 氀漀挀欀 甀瀀 眀愀礀 愀戀漀瘀攀 礀漀甀爀 氀愀瀀Ⰰ 氀攀愀搀椀渀最 洀攀 琀漀 琀栀攀 挀漀渀挀氀甀猀椀漀渀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀椀猀 眀愀猀 渀漀琀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 戀攀 愀猀 洀甀挀栀 愀戀漀甀琀 愀椀爀琀椀洀攀⸀ 䤀 眀愀猀 挀攀爀琀愀椀渀氀礀 挀漀爀爀攀挀琀Ⰰ 愀猀 琀栀椀猀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 眀漀漀搀攀渀 琀眀椀猀琀攀爀 瀀爀漀瘀椀搀攀搀 甀猀 眀椀琀栀 最漀漀搀 氀愀琀攀爀愀氀猀 愀渀搀 猀漀洀攀 渀椀挀攀 琀椀最栀琀 琀甀爀渀猀⸀ 䤀 氀椀欀攀搀 琀栀椀猀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀Ⰰ 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 漀戀瘀椀漀甀猀氀礀 椀琀 椀猀 渀漀琀 椀渀 琀栀攀 漀氀搀 琀漀瀀 琀攀渀 漀爀 愀渀礀琀栀椀渀最Ⰰ 愀渀搀 䤀 愀洀 最氀愀搀 䤀 最漀琀 琀漀 攀砀瀀攀爀椀攀渀挀攀 椀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀昀琀攀爀 眀攀 最漀琀 漀昀昀 琀栀攀 圀椀氀搀挀愀琀Ⰰ 眀攀 洀攀琀 甀瀀 眀椀琀栀 猀漀洀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 刀刀䌀攀爀猀 愀渀搀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 栀椀琀 琀栀攀 䘀氀礀攀爀猀Ⰰ 樀甀猀琀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀礀 眀攀爀攀 爀椀最栀琀 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 䤀 栀愀搀 爀椀搀搀攀渀 䬀渀漀攀戀攀氀✀猀 䘀氀礀攀爀猀 戀攀昀漀爀攀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀甀猀 眀愀猀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀椀渀最 洀漀爀攀 漀甀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀猀攀 漀渀攀猀 琀栀愀琀 椀琀 樀甀猀琀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 搀攀氀椀瘀攀爀⸀ 伀昀 挀漀甀爀猀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 眀愀猀 猀琀椀氀氀 挀甀琀攀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 愀 最漀漀搀 琀椀洀攀 愀渀礀眀愀礀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 琀栀攀猀攀Ⰰ 眀攀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 栀攀愀搀 漀瘀攀爀 琀漀眀愀爀搀猀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀⸀⸀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀娀漀漀洀攀爀愀渀最㨀 嘀攀欀漀洀愀 䈀漀漀洀攀爀愀渀最⸀ 䄀一伀吀䠀䔀刀 漀渀攀⸀ 儀甀椀琀攀 琀礀瀀椀挀愀氀 漀昀 䈀漀漀洀攀爀愀渀最猀Ⰰ 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 愀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 猀洀漀漀琀栀攀爀 琀栀愀渀 匀䘀伀✀猀 䴀椀渀搀 䔀爀愀猀攀爀⸀ 伀渀攀 渀漀琀愀戀氀攀 琀栀椀渀最 愀戀漀甀琀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀㨀 琀栀攀 伀吀匀刀猀 猀洀攀氀氀攀搀⸀ 䰀椀欀攀 猀眀攀愀琀 愀渀搀 氀攀愀琀栀攀爀⸀ 䤀 渀攀愀爀氀礀 最愀最最攀搀 最攀琀琀椀渀最 漀昀昀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 漀瀀攀爀愀琀漀爀 瀀爀漀戀愀戀氀礀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 搀甀攀 琀漀 洀漀琀椀漀渀 猀椀挀欀渀攀猀猀⸀ 圀攀氀氀⸀⸀⸀椀琀 眀愀猀渀✀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀圀攀 琀栀攀渀 眀攀渀琀 漀渀 琀栀攀 吀漀瀀 匀瀀椀渀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 眀愀猀 渀漀琀 愀猀 最漀漀搀 愀猀 匀䘀伀✀猀 吀攀砀愀猀 吀眀椀猀琀攀爀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 愀 昀甀渀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䤀 猀欀椀瀀瀀攀搀 琀栀攀 刀漀琀漀爀⸀⸀⸀䤀 栀愀琀攀 琀栀漀猀攀 琀栀椀渀最猀⸀ 䄀猀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 眀愀氀欀椀渀最 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 刀漀琀漀爀Ⰰ 猀漀洀攀漀渀攀 猀瀀漀琀琀攀搀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 䜀䴀 愀渀搀 椀渀 愀 爀愀渀搀漀洀 洀漀洀攀渀琀 漀昀 椀渀猀瀀椀爀愀琀椀漀渀Ⰰ 愀猀欀攀搀 椀昀 栀攀 眀漀甀氀搀 愀挀挀漀洀瀀愀渀礀 甀猀 琀漀 琀栀攀 欀椀搀搀椀攀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 愀渀搀 氀攀琀 甀猀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 攀瘀攀渀 琀栀漀甀最栀 愀搀甀氀琀猀 眀攀爀攀 渀漀琀 渀漀爀洀愀氀氀礀 愀氀氀漀眀攀搀 眀椀琀栀漀甀琀 挀栀椀氀搀爀攀渀⸀ 䠀攀 愀最爀攀攀搀 琀漀 琀栀椀猀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 最漀琀 愀 爀椀搀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 欀椀搀搀椀攀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 眀愀猀 挀甀琀攀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 琀栀椀猀Ⰰ 眀攀 栀椀琀 琀栀攀 戀甀洀瀀攀爀 挀愀爀猀 愀渀搀 琀栀攀渀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 䈀漀甀氀搀攀爀 䐀愀猀栀 愀最愀椀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀渀 瀀爀漀挀攀攀搀攀搀 琀漀 最爀愀戀 愀 戀椀琀攀 琀漀 攀愀琀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 伀欀琀漀戀攀爀昀攀猀琀 挀攀氀攀戀爀愀琀椀漀渀 琀栀愀琀 眀愀猀 最漀椀渀最 漀渀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 眀攀 愀琀攀Ⰰ 愀 昀攀眀 漀昀 甀猀 猀攀琀 漀甀琀 漀渀 愀 猀椀搀攀 琀爀椀瀀 琀漀 儀甀愀猀猀礀⸀ 圀攀 搀爀漀瘀攀 琀栀攀 栀愀氀昀 栀漀甀爀 氀椀猀琀攀渀椀渀最 琀漀 猀漀洀攀 䨀愀瀀愀渀攀猀攀 昀攀洀愀氀攀 眀攀椀爀搀漀 戀愀渀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀渀 愀猀 眀攀 瀀甀氀氀攀搀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀椀渀最 氀漀琀 愀渀搀 愀 昀攀眀 眀攀爀攀 挀漀洀洀攀渀琀椀渀最 漀渀 栀漀眀 挀爀漀眀搀攀搀 琀栀攀 氀漀琀 眀愀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 栀漀眀 洀愀渀礀 戀甀猀攀猀 眀攀爀攀 琀栀攀爀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 昀攀洀愀氀攀 parking attendant asked us if we were with New York Metro. We said no, naturally, and she then told us that the park had a corporate buyout. Noticing Chris Lucht's Oc-Boulder-Fest badge (he was the driver, it was his van), she asked if we were part of that coaster group that was at LC. We said yes we were and she genuinely looked like she felt bad as she told us that she turned away some of us earlier also. So we turned around and headed back to Bristol, and decided to find the New England Carousel Museum that we saw advertised. We went to the museum and looked around for an hour and change, and then left to go back to the Lake. When we got back, it had started to drizzle a bit, and we then headed towards the picnic shelter at which we were to gather for the door prize raffle. The raffle went well, although it was a VERY long process as a lot of tickets went unclaimed and there were a lot of prizes. While we were in the picnic shelter, I had the pleasure of watching Chris Murray's Perilous Plunge videos on his camcorder, and let me tell you, that ride looks awesome. After this, we hit a couple of rides again, repeat rides, and basically just messed around until right before time for ERT. Really, the last hour of regular park hours and the hour of ERT blended together for me, as the GP had basically already cleared out because of the steady misting rain in the area. I got many rides on Boulder Dash, and during ERT the ride attendants were practicing the two-click method of checking lap bars. If you don't know this method, use common sense. :o) Needless to say, the airtime was divine, and I learned how to hold up lapbars on that ride pretty easily by the time we were done. The energy in the station was crazy, and I just basically sat in one seat (they ran two trains during ERT, yay for Lake Compounce!) and rode the entire time without getting up. The ride operators were enthusiastic and helpful, as were most of the employees that day, and I very 甀挀栀 愀瀀瀀爀攀挀椀愀琀攀搀 琀栀攀椀爀 愀琀琀椀琀甀搀攀猀Ⰰ 攀瘀攀渀 愀琀 琀栀攀 攀渀搀 漀昀 琀栀攀 渀椀最栀琀 愀昀琀攀爀 愀 氀漀渀最 搀愀礀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䤀 眀攀渀琀 栀漀洀攀 攀砀栀椀氀攀爀愀琀攀搀 愀渀搀 攀砀栀愀甀猀琀攀搀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀渀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 洀漀漀搀 愀渀搀 爀攀愀搀礀 琀漀 眀愀欀攀 甀瀀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 一攀眀 䔀渀最氀愀渀搀 匀挀爀攀愀洀 倀愀爀琀礀 椀渀 樀甀猀琀 愀 昀攀眀 栀漀甀爀猀⸀⸀⸀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀ⴀ一愀琀愀氀椀攀 㰀戀爀㸀䌀倀 刀椀搀攀 伀瀀攀爀愀琀漀爀 ✀㤀㤀ⴀ✀ 㰀戀爀㸀ഀഀഀ ⨀⨀⨀ 吀栀椀猀 瀀漀猀琀 眀愀猀 攀搀椀琀攀搀 戀礀 䄀椀爀琀椀洀攀匀刀伀匀 漀渀 㤀⼀㈀㔀⼀㈀ ⸀ ⨀⨀⨀
Monday, September 25, 2000 10:05 AM
There's no question about it now... I will certainly need to make a trip up there next year, with a stop at Natalie's favorite steel thing. ;)
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Monday, September 25, 2000 4:42 PM
Nice thread about a great time and I second the "Thank you" to Rus Ozana for a wonderful day.