The year in Beaver 2016 (Photos!)

Friday, December 23, 2016 10:39 PM
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At the end of the year, its time to look back on all that was in travel. I enjoyed it, so I hope you enjoy the pix.

So after a long winter, surgery, and an arduous recovery, I rung in the new year (while still healing up) in Asheville for a show at the Orange Peel.

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RJD2 plays for the crowd.

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It was very good to get back to this on opening weekend. Never before have I looked forward to Opening weekend quite as much as I did for 2016, what with Fury being so amazing. And with 4 new flats and other improvements, I can't wait to get back to the park in March 2017

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My first one of these! And then it got destroyed when a picture on the wall fell and knocked it off and flattened it. So I'll be getting another one when the park opens back up in March...*grumble grumble*

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A job well done and a really fun interactive attraction. I'm glad they're getting use out of the theater, and this was a genius idea. Well themed and loads of fun.

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And later on in the year, of course, there was this. And it was great. There are a few empty spots that are ripe for new slides going forward, so I hope that they come to fill said spots sooner rather than later.

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You have no idea how excited I was when I found out these were coming back. Now if only they'd reopen the treasure cave.

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This was a great addition to Kings Dominion, and I really hope one finds its way to Carowinds soon.

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I thought this was a surprisingly good coaster. Thankfully we got 2 rides with minimal wait.

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Me just living up to my reputation online.

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Tiger World, a non-profit animal reserve, is less than a mile from my house, and I finally went for the first time this year. I've heard the lions and tigers (and bears, oh my) Roaring in the mornings for years, but finally went to meet them.

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Sleepy Tiger.

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Queen Bey came to Raleigh (Yes, that is a photo of the screen)

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Half way thru the show, we were evacuated from Carter-Finley stadium due to lightning (It rained on and off the whole time).

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Then 90 minutes later, Beyonce came back to slay the rest of the show.

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For the second year in a row, I spent Memorial Day weekend at Cedar Point. Valravn was fun.

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Can't wait for 2018 (for all of you doubters, I'm guessing you didn't see the new teaser by the park basically confirming 2018...).

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Thanks to birdhombre, we ate lunch here, and it was great.

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The beach on Presque Isle was very nice. Perhaps a visit just for the beach is in order one day.

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And because of weather, Kennywood shut down for the evening, so we ended up staying at Waldameer for most of the day. Which ended up being great, because trips to Waldameer tend to be short for me, so spending the day there was a nice change of pace, and I love that park.

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The re-vamp of Noah's Ark was great. I'm fortunate in that I got to experience it in 2005, 2015, and 2016. There were differences each time.

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No nite time at Kennywood like we'd planned, but I did get to do this!

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Exactly 365 days later (on a leap year) from seeing Weird Al's Mandatory World Tour in Charlotte, he came back to NC (this time in Greensboro) and I went again. This was my 4th Weird Al concert.

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It was great to return to Kentucky Kingdom after all these years and see a much improved park with great rides and a bright vision for the future.

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Fourth overall RMC, first (of 3) for the year. All of them excellent.

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The new trains were interesting, but this ride still shuffles Terribly.

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This, though, was amazing. Kentucky Kingdom has 3 amazing coasters in it's lineup now.

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This was a lot of fun. The total lack of customer service at the park? Not so much. I guess that's why most enthusiasts only go during events.

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But the new enhancements on Legend were much appreciated.

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I discovered my new favorite invert.

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My friend Isaac liked it too, and he got me this! Number 2, and this one didn't get destroyed in the fall.

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I took my friend Stefan to his first ever fair. This fair brings thrill rides every September, so I usually go and check it out.

Cabarrus County Fair 2016 by C. E. Beavers, on Flickr

Decent midway, and they have 3 kiddy coasters. I've still yet to lose enough dignity to stand in long lines at the fair just for the credits, though.

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If I could afford it, I'd move to SoCal. Tons of parks, beach, mountains. And food.

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Speaking of food, I can't recommend this (which we got on recommendation) enough. Packing House in Anaheim.

Knott's Berry Farm 2016 by C. E. Beavers, on Flickr

Its always special returning to one of my favorite parks. I just wish it wasn't so far away.

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I didn't bother riding even for the nostalgia, but I hear it may be on the chopping block.

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I wasn't impressed with video I've seen of Wonder Mountain Guardian. This, on the other hand, I Loved.

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The queue for Xcelerator. The coaster gods were smiling on us all week.

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Staying so close with a platinum pass (three visits in a week) gave me the opportunity to do a lot of great things at Knott's I've never had time to do before.

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I love that they switch out the larger train for the cute small one on the off season.

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First sunset on the ocean. Nailed it!

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I could stay and watch the surfers for hours.

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I could have just stayed here. Forever.

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Speaking of places I never want to leave...

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Me making sure the bag of electronics doesn't get doused.

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Haunted Mansion Holiday (Photo taken & edited by Isaac).

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Because OF COURSE I did.

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Leave it to Disney to try and out do Kennywood...

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The Ghost Galaxy overlay was interesting.

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Yes, I was Disneybounding.

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Certain people complain about the size of the castle. I like it. Having said that, I am actually glad that Hong Kong Disneyland is adding on to theirs, I'm glad they're not demolishing it, but adding on to make it a different castle, but retaining the charm of the original for that park.

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It's a mad tea party.

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I'm guessing we were in an arts district because there was a lot of interesting art on the buildings around.

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Next time I'm doing the entire walk up the trail.

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We got such a hookup at Disneyland for two days. It was much appreciated.

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As much as I liked California Adventure in 2005, the park looks more mature and is much better done now. The only thing I liked better from before was the Golden Gate Bridge at the front.

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Did I mention how much the coaster gods were loving us this week? Granted, we sacrificed several coaster enthusiast virgins, but, hey, at least the discourse around here should improve. I'm kidding, we pillaged virgins from from TPR.

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Seeing how much detail they put in to Carsland, based off of a series of a couple of movies, makes me so excited for Star Wars Land.

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That's right, I'm Becky. #IaintSorry

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I won't lament the loss of the theme on this one so much as long as the Florida version remains themed to Twilight Zone.

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These girls were really fun.

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I love how unimpressed Isaac looks.

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I wonder if they're removing the pool as well...

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Not much airtime on the final bunny hops, but still a fun ride.

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Bellagio does it better...

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Toy Story Midway Mania had a 10 minute wait. Suck it, Florida.

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Getting ready for the real fountain show.

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One of the better Disney shows, and a great use of repackaged IP.

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And then the background lights up too.

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It really is phenomenal. And really great from our seats in VIP.

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Ending the day on a high note in a beautiful park.

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Seal Beach was very nice. I'll take the small light blue one, please, unfurnished.

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Looking towards our next stop, Long Beach.

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LBC was very nice as well. There was a lot to do here, I'd love to go back.

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The Queen Mary.

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I finally got to see a Humpback! Another bucket list item marked off.

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We stumbled upon a monster rally on our way in to Scary Farm.

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I was afraid they'd ruin it. While it is definitely different, they didn't ruin it.

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I love parks at nite.

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Little did we know then what was about to happen in November.

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#word

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Bullet & Monte.

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He'll never be the head of his class.

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Did she just crawl out of a TV set?

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I took this photo to show just how much fog was in the hallway. It was light up and bright. And yet still terrifying.

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The last time I was here was December 2012 and Apocalypse crew was having an end of the world party.

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Really fantastic ride. I'd like it to have about 3 bunny hops and a dive loop or Immelman at the end in to the brakes coming back to the station and then it'd be perfect.

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The park actually has so much potential.

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Every time I'm here this sign changes.

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My only complaint about the actual ride experience now is I wish, since they kept the trims, that they'd have switched to mag trims.

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I admit to being throughly impressed.

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Speaking of Impressed...This thing was hauling and running amazingly. It jumped up a few spots in my ranking.

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Not sure why this was a thing but every pillar had these sticky hands flung at them on the way up and back.

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I love a good whip.

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Geeks on a train.

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I love a good font.

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See these lines? "If I were you, I'd wanna be me too..."

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It was closed for the season. Which is fine, the seats are uncomfortable.

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The new show at SCarowinds.

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Definitely coming back to the Faire next year.

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Joust!

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Sooper Moon. Testing out my new used camera for moon shots.

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Sadly the Westgate Resort in Gaitlinburg was totally destroyed a couple weeks later in the wild fires. It was great, I'd have stayed there again.

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Welp. I got my rides, at least.

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New drop tower right here? Sure!

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This was a lot of fun, and a great starter launch coaster for families.

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But seriously, this ride is amazing, and I hope they get it fixed for next year because I'll be back for this sucker.

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All of the lights like Kanye.

So that's that. I had a really great year doing lots of fun stuff. I hope 2017 is just as fun for all of us!


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Sunday, December 25, 2016 9:06 AM

Giggle @ "Becky with the good hair" Tee-shirt. Plus the Beyonce concert pics were a highlight for me. Thanks for sharing.

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