Since this is NOT CSPAN 2, I’ll continue with the TR: We managed to hit all the major rides throughout the night. The Haunted House started it off since it was the first to close. I was more frightened by the costumes walking around.....it was hilarious to watch a carload of spooks exit the ride! Again, I back everyone up in saying that it is the BEST dark ride in the U.S., next to Disney’s Haunted Mansion. I got a couple great Flyers rides, but couldn’t seem to revive the thrashing beast that took over on my previous visit. I got some snappin’, but nothing compared to my 4 minute ride dismantling in July! Phoenix was......can I even describe it? There’s nothing like a trainload of yellow chickens flying past the station! And what was with the KFC buckets?? Cannibals! Folks there is something very special about that third row, first car. But I still can’t find a bad seat on Phoenix. Just doesn’t happen! Your hours of driving to the middle of nowhere ends up with a truly rewarding experience. Twister was insane....forgot about the nice air in front. Both crews were OUTSTANDING in the dispatch category.....hats (and beaks!) off to them and everyone else at Knoebels. Pizza was great! And the bonfire warmed my heart (pun intended). I enjoyed conversing with everyone afterwards, and the music and marshmallows were a nice touch. Mmmmm......marshmallows!
Sunday began with the trip BACK to Altoona. Has anyone traveled the stretch of Highway 22 between Altoona and I-80? Those interesting white dots on the road urged me to appropriately name it Pac Man Boulevard.....Dave just HAD to add a monotone “WOMP” every time we passed over one! But unfortunately there were no flashing ones, thus all the patrol cars avoided the dreadful affects of becoming translucent. :) Geez I miss that game! Lakemont was a bit cold, but we all managed to have a good time. I really enjoyed the “killzone” photo sessions DURING operation......I’m glad Leap the Dips didn’t leap any further! What a great staff they have. The food was good, and I was unsuccessful at taking a truckload of “Pumpkin Fluff” home with me. Man that was good! Lots of flat rides already in hibernation, but was able to get plenty of trips on the Dips and Skyliner (which never hesitates to remind me WHY I didn’t like the back seat the last time). It was also good to meet the ACE Executive Committee members. PLEASE understand that a significant amount of money is still needed to help pay for the Leap the Dips renovation. Due to the recent events that have affected our nation, there are more important things to direct a donation towards at the moment. But this is a trip report, and I thought I would remind everyone. Any size of donation is appreciated, and can be sent to the address on this page: http://leapthedips.org/doc/dnte.html
Anywho, the trip concluded with a brief but enjoyable stop at a friendly Eat-N-Park somewhere south of Pittsburgh. I had to ask them why the famous “smiling” cookies are currently wearing a scary face (similar to Charlie Brown’s look of disgust). Don’t be frightened folks, it’s just frosting.
Overall it was an incredible trip, and I will make it a point to attend next year’s event. Thanks so much to everyone at both parks, and for making it a memorable weekend!
Some links of interest:
www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173/chippewalake.html (Brief info on Chippewa)
Moxie: Not quite Cola, not quite Root Beer, not quite Asphalt!
*** This post was edited by ARROW GUY on 10/10/2001. ***
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I sold you that Arrow Development book. Nice to meet ya! See ya next season!
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