Timbersfest 2004

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CPLady's avatar
After several checks on the weather over the course of two days, I packed for what was going to be very pleasant, although cool weather. Ian and Donna packed bathing suits just in case it warmed up enough for them to want to hit the waterpark. TheRealCP arrived and we hit the road within minutes of our planned Noon departure with Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and a jazz guitar CD, "Friday Night in San Francisco" with Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, and Paco DeLucia.

We made the Hampton Inn in NW Grand Rapids in two hours, checked into a nice room and walked to Cracker Barrel for the Friday fish fry, and were back on westbound I-96 by 3:30 pm. A few miles down the road, the dreaded orange signs appeared. "Road work ahead for the next 12 miles". We pushed on until traffic came to a near standstill two miles before the noted shift from two to one lanes. TheRealCP suggested we take the next exit and navigate our way on the back roads.

If you've followed my previous trip reports, you'll remember The RealCP has very keen navigation skills having helped by pass a 20 mile backup on northbound I-75 last year. Since she was also very familiar with the area, having friends living in Newago, I trusted her implicitly, and explained this to Ian who seemed a bit skeptical. After several left and right turns, always keeping on the west/north track, we made it in very little time to M-46 which is a straight, westbound shot to 31. Imagine our complete chagrin when we turned westbound only to see a huge lighted construction sign that read "Construction on M-46 for the next __ miles". Fortunately, it appeared to be a road resurfacing project and had likely just been completed.

We made Michigan's Adventure by 5 pm, a bit later than originally planned, and apparently very late according to Brandon in guest relations. Most of the attendees were there by early afternoon. I contended we were there well before dinner, and planned on staying most of the following day, so we were in plenty of time.

Of course, our first stop (after the restroom!) was Shivering Timbers. TheRealCP, who had been listing The Beast above Timbers in her wooden coaster category, began waffling again after our first ride. (How much do you want to bet she'll waffle again after Beastbuzz next week?). Needless to say, Timbers after it's had all day to warm up is an airtime monster.

A few Timbers rides later, we rode Wolverine Wildcat, Tilt-a-Whirl with a skeptical Donna (not entirely sure she wanted to take the chance of getting motion sickness so early in the trip, but came off the ride just fine), Logger's Run (with Donna in front again to take the brunt of the water), Wild Mouse and Corkscrew. We ran into bholcomb near the Mouse, who met me with a big bear hug before telling me how sick we was feeling. ARGH! If I catch his cold before our trip to Holiday World, he'll never see another homemade cookie from me again!

It was getting nigh on time for dinner, so we went back to the picnic pavilions. We were all unsure of how much we'd eat, considering we'd stuffed ourselves at our late fish fry lunch, but the chicken looked too tempting to pass up, and the fresh veggies and fruit convinced TheRealCP and I to indulge. The offered brownies were TINY, and the ice cream cups had to be eaten with a spork.

The sky looked threatening, and it began to sprinkle just as ERT on Timbers began and our first two rides were met with a few stinging drops, but by the third ride, the rain stopped and we were treated to a rainbow directly over Timbers. I was happy to see Jay was back as ride op for the event, who always makes the event more fun. He began turning off the station lights except for unloading/loading to help reduce the voracious mosquitos, and when we got in line for our last ride, he announced the parking lot lights were going to be turned off to cheers from the gathered.

We opted to hold off our last ride by waiting for the front, and the lights were turned out for the train before us making for a fast and dark final ride. We got a total of 15 rides on Timbers, another ride on Wolverine Wildcat, and nearly eaten alive by mosquitos, but had a grand time! Although TheRealCP and I didn't purchase an on-ride photo, Ian and Donna had a great one:[url=http://www.webtechnik.com/ebony/Coasterpics/timberskiss.htm

If you've ever ridden Timbers before and know where the cameras are, you'll understand how difficult it can be to get a shot like that.

We left the park at 11 pm and took 46 to 37 back to the hotel to avoid construction on 96 and crawled into bed with plans to be up in time to catch a bit of the complimentary breakfast and be back at the park before 10 am for morning ERT.

We got a bit of a late start with four people needing a shower, but were back at the park by 10:30, enjoyed 30 minutes of Timbers ERT before moving to Wolverine Wildcat just as the general public was let through the gates.

We rode the Dodgems (man those things were unpleasantly slow!), Zach's Zoomer, the carousel, and walked to the far north end of the lake to ride the Swan Boats while munching on Bavarian Almonds. Yum!.

I'm very pleased they moved the Swan Boats from Cedar Point to MiA. They roped off a very large area of the lake and fit in so much better in their new setting even though life jackets are now required. We had to chuckle when the ride op mentioned we could paddle near the fountain, but to please avoid hitting it. "We used to have two" she said.

Afterwards, we had some fun playing mini golf, losing only two balls in the lake, and holding up those behind us in our ineptness. Out of a total par of 42 for 18 holes, our scores were 67, 68, 69 and 70. A very close round, with yours truly ending up the winner. I'd better get some practice in if I ever hope to compete in the Red Cross Tournament at Cedar Point!

*edited in* I thought I should mention the park was pretty well packed by the time we left, and although it was a little cool for the waterpark (IMO) people were flocking to it. Even the Corkscrew had a line.

We were back on the road by 2 pm, stopped at Bennigan's in NW Grand Rapids for lunch, and were home by 6 pm.

Next stop, Holiday World.

*** Edited 6/20/2004 4:31:45 PM UTC by CPLady***

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

This is a question for all other riders of Shivering Timbers, do you guys like it because of the amount (# of moments of airtime), considering there are like 20+, or the forcefullness? I went to Timbersfest last year and it has an obscene number of airtime hills, but nnone of which give you nice ejector or very sustained air as on other CCI masterpieces.
CPLady's avatar
You don't think the airtime is sustained? I'm floating out of my seat more often than I'm in it. In fact, Friday night, I would literally float out of my seat until it began the rise into the next hill.

The turnaround has some nice laterals and the run back after the trick track has a bit more ejector air, not as sustained. What finishes it off so nicely is the helix. It's one of the fastest I've been on.

Legend and Raven still top my list, but like TheRealCP, I have a hard time deciding where to put Timbers in relation to The Beast.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

nasai's avatar
Well Linda, I envy you no matter how much Timbers might have changed (if at all). I've only been there once a few years back, and I'd like to hit it again, but dang........ it's too far off the beaten path. I am very fortunate to have Silverwood "only" 5 hours from me, so I get Timbers lite to ride over here.

Miss you, by the way. :)

oh...and yes. Legend is God.

The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch

Maybe it's running better this year than last (this was my first time at MiA, so I can't compare), but I found Shivering Timbers to be an incredibly forceful ride. Some of the air was floater, some was ejector, and then those wonderful laterals on the final helix... My new #2, behind (nighttime) Tremors rides.

"You seem healthy. So much for voodoo."

I actually thought it was a little slower than two years ago - and I didn't make the event last year. It never seemed to break loose Friday night, perhaps it was the cooler air. But still a great ride loaded with air.

There's just something so 'pure' about Timbers. You gotta love the thing.

To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".

The rainbow over the ride was neat... wish I'd had my camera right then.
TheRealCP's avatar
My "highlights" Trip Report for the samy journey with CPLady. :D

Coaster Odyssey

Timbersfest @ Michigan’s Adventure - June 18-19, 2004

This was the first leg of our Coaster Odyssey, sending us to Western Mich. to Michigan’s Adventure for the annual event, Timbersfest. It was a coaster club-only event that kept the park open late (after closing time) to ride the world famous Shivering Timbers. Rather than a complete play-by-play, I’ll offer a highlights list of some of the most memorable moments:

* We survived the crazies on the expressways.
* I was able to navigate the back roads of Western Michigan to find an alternate route to Michigan’s Adventure.
* A good dinner at Timbersfest!
* A grand total of 15 rides on Shivering Timbers! :)
* Safe travels!
* Early ERT on Shivering Timbers Saturday morning.
* Instead of having to pay $20+ for a Timbersfest t-shirt, I got one for only $5 on Saturday morning. Yay!
* We had great laughs while playing putt-putt at Michigan’s Adventure. Only 2 balls went into the lake. ;)

This is just a quick summary to describe a great two-day trip! It’s so easy-going and relaxing doing a park with CPLady, Ian & Donna. “What do you want to do next?” We’ll all shrug then someone will name a ride and off we go - it’s so relaxing!


"You had a rollback? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"

Coasting for Kids - "Team Erik!":

Great trip report of the event CPLady. We were there for our first Timbersfest and had a great time. It was also our second to last park on our 9 day, 14 park midwest tour. Going into the trip, I was sure that the Timbers was going to become one of my new top coasters but it somehow just didn't. While I thought that the airtime hills were incredible, the ride as a whole just didn't blow me away and I figure that we rode it around 35 times during the course of the day. Maybe it's the fact that it just does one thing (hill after hill after hill) or that it ends with a helix that you really have to bear down in, which for us kind of kills the fun factor at the end of a ride. Or maybe, I'm just not a out and back guy, prefering the wildness of a good twister. We had ridden the Ozark Wildcat earlier in the week and all agreed that it was our favorite woodie of the trip. We still had a great time on the coaster though and at the park, which had a nice laid back atmosphere. We will definitely try and make it back in a couple of years.
Sporks, on-ride kisses, & mini-golf... You can't beat that!
TheRealCP's avatar
Pale Rider, that's why - for me - it's such a toss-up between The Beast and Shivering Timbers. I really like the location of Beast with it being out in the forest and all... I can't decide my #1 still!


"You had a rollback? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"

Coasting for Kids - "Team Erik!":

Shivering Timbers rankes at #5 for me and we got around 40 rides on it between the two days. MIA did a excellent job running this event. It was mine and my kids first Timbersfest and we had a blast. We arrived friday around 2 and rode every coaster by 3:30 and then used the water park. We were starved by the time dinner was ready and stuffed ourselves. My best moment was when on saturday morning the ride manager announced my sons 8th B-Day and got everyone on the platform to sing happy birthday to him.

The Golden Rule - Try it once and if you don't like you don't have to go on again!
I got a picture of the rainbow, but it didn't really come out too well. http://www.bholcomb.com/Timbersfest2004/8.html

And, I hope I didn't make you sick Linda... Those cookies were really good.. hehe

I thought Timbers ran really good on Friday Night... Sure it was a little cold and didn't run as well as it has for me in the past, but I thought it ran pretty good. My favorite part of the whole trip was my ride on the FROG HOPPER though! http://www.bholcomb.com/Timbersfest2004/13.html

I had a real blast at my first Enthusiast event, though!

I'm pretty sure I remember seeing you there, at least I remember the guy in your pictures with the ohio state shirt that had the whole station mocking on him. I was one of the ops that night, the most fun I've ever had working there.
haha yeah, that was us... I try to pretend like I don't know him.. At least when he graduates from OSU, we can park in handicapped parking ;)

CPLady's avatar
Kevin, I'm glad you had fun as a ride op for Timbersfest. It's crews like yours that make these events even more fun.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

TheRealCP's avatar

Y'all did a great job too! Thanks so much for being there. :)


"You had a rollback? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"

Coasting for Kids - "Team Erik!":

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