Silverwood 4 Nasai

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 2:50 AM
Thought I'd post a brief but happy TR on Memorial Day at Silverwood.

Took the family to Northern Idaho because I could. It was quite cool to start, but kind of warmed over the day. We arrived at opening, and there were only 6 cars in the lot. It was pretty wild to see that.

Trotted on down to Tremors for ride number 1 since August 2000. Hit the back seat, and watched my family struggle to keep their hands up through the tunnels. Pretty funny. My oldest daughter Kaiya has become the madman of the family, and has taken over the reigns as coaster enthusiast. I though I liked coasters.. sheesh. She's wacked. Takes one to know I guess. ;)

Everyone liked Tremors a lot, and since there was nobody around (yet), we decided to hit Timber Terror. I took the money seat (2-1), and hit major air the entire ride. If you haven't ridden it yet, imagine Shivering Timbers, only smaller. Lots of hills, and a great turnaround. Fun stuff.

Basically, the day was spent running back and forth between both coasters, with the occasional bathroom break, and some food. We hit all the flats, and I discovered that I still loathe spinning rides. No vomit was committed this day, but I got pretty close. Hell... even the Paratrooper got me queasy. I don't know what to say about that. I will say that their Octopus is badass, and has a REALLY long cycle. Come to think of it, all their flats have long cycles. Who would want to ride a Round Up or Scrambler for over 5 minutes? Ugh.

After 10+ rides on TT, and 8 on Tremors, I wanted to call it a day. Granted, this was at 1pm. Can you imagine? Wow! All that.... in 2 hours.

The highlight of the day was hitting my 15th or so ride on TT, when as I was commenting to my son how fast it was running, we tore straight through the brakerun, and into the station to the utter surprise of the attendant. She had the most shocked look on her face, and was terrified, and wide eyed. I've never burned through a brakerun before, so we got another ride. It was pretty spectacular. When we arrived in the station, she was pretty apologetic, and was visibly shaken. Thank God for one train. If not, my son, and I (in my very first front seat ride) would have indeed died a nasty death that day.

Standing away from the park for a day, I can honestly say that both rides are wonderful, and awesome, but I still have to give my vote to Timber
Terror for most re-ridable, and Tremors for most insane. Either way, you'll be happy.

Now... aren't you jealous?

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 5:31 AM
Awesome! :-D

Looks like your kids are well on their way......:-D

Good to see ya wandering around the boards again Rob. I miss ya! :-)

-Tina

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 8:51 PM
Thanks Tina. Same here. Next time I promise I'll expound a little (make that a LOT) more. I know you have come to expect a certain amount of exaggeration with me. ;)

The kids are definitely on the way to being coaster geeks. Zach, the least, and Kaiya the most, by far. Tiana only rides when you practically force her, but then she's all into it for the rest of the day. Same with Tomoko. Still, the next day, they wonder how they ever got on the rides, and they don't even want to do it again. Still, I know they enjoy it.

...and THAT makes me happy.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 9:43 PM
Yikes! Did the brakes get triggered to open rather remain in the closed position or were they just that ineffective in stopping the train? That sounds rather crazy and disturbing! You'd think something like that would result in an E-stop.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:12 PM
Rob - Nice TR mate, sounds like a whole lot of fun was had by all! Good to see you back again :)

-Jim

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 11:15 PM
Thanks Jim! I am back, but will be lurking (mostly) for the next few weeks. Granted, if I hear my name spoken in vain, I will have to return to rain fire on the website. Just the way I do things. ;)

Cameraman, it was pretty nuts. If you know the layout, the brakerun is parallel to the station with a heavy turn at the end, so we hit the brakerun, with nary a stutter to the train, and flew right around the corner, and through the station. All I remember was the op watching in absolute disbelief that we were coming through. Nothing was stopping us. It was pretty insane.

... and I lived to tell about it. Yay for me!

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 12:12 AM
You failed to mention that you called me while you were boarding Tremors to rub it in........bastard ;)
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Thursday, June 3, 2004 12:54 AM
Making a habit out of cheating death, are we? ;)

I'm glad to hear you and the fam had a good time, but happier to hear that this is one mishap where everyone ended up ok!:)

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 5:02 AM
Jeff, I didn't want anyone to be jealous. ;)

Robo, you know it. Now, if I could just get down to PDX and hit those big ol' slides!

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 6:14 AM
Rob, do you mean you will be lurking or stalking in the next few weeks? ;-)

That flyby in the station must have been insane! I love it when that happens. It's very rare but it's an extra thrill. Nowadays it's almost as coveted as a Dragster rollback. :-D

I am confused though......was the ride op shaken because of the failure to stop the coaster in the right place or was she shaken because of the insane look of excitement on your faces after it was over? :-D

-Tina

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 11:12 AM
Does TT still have the operator activated brakes?

If it does, she was probably distracted for a second then turned around to see the train running through before she could hit the button.

God I miss Tremors and Timber Terror, last time I was there was CAC 2002.

Have Fun!

George

- waiting for Coaster Alley Convergence to hopefully make a reappearance in 2005 or 2006.

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 1:50 PM
Rob - sorry I missed your phone call from Silverwood...I would have loved to have taken a "virtual" ride with you. Good to see you and the fam had fun.

mOOSHIE

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 4:46 PM
Tina, I think she was pretty floored at her mistake, but I was laughing the whole time. Granted, I knew we'd be ok, but it was pretty intense.

George, yes it does... it was her fault entirely. That's a lot of responsibility for a young kid. Still, normally, it doesn't happen. Maybe that's why they only one train per coaster? ;)

Moosh, yes, it would have been fun.

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