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Big%20smileYeaaaaaa!!!!!!!! We ALL like to find a 'neat place to eat'!
NOW - You need not worry - PaW's here with some NEW FINDINGS!
Call it a 'DinnerCation', if'n ya will...
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Big%20smileTake a 'Road trip across America'
A few photos from a recent hectic drive through unknown areas, late one evening...
 
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I found out that this years Coaster Trip will place me "Over the Top" on Delta's Frequent Flyer Program for a Big%20smileFREEBig%20smile Airline Ticket to anywhere in the Continental USA or Canada. Therefore it looks like I'll be heading to EDMONTON in 2011. Their West Edmonton Mall houses four Steel Roller Coasters and a full-scale Waterpark, so I just HAVE to check them out!LOL Then I'll head to Calgary to check out Calaway Park, home to a Small "Corkscrew" Coaster. Then comes the fun stuff, THE CANADIAN ROCKIES! I'll spend five days giving Banff and Jasper National Parks a "Once Over", Touring Glaciers, Exploring caves and White-Water Rafting (Class IV) before I return Home.
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Big%20smileTake a 'Road trip across America'
A few photos from a recent hectic drive through unknown areas, late one evening...
 
 
 
 
Pa, you were in my mother's and father's neck o' the woods (Beaverdale and Weedville, respectively  LOL).
 
 
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I just got back from a weekend in Vermont. (Near St. Johnsbury). WOW - to any of you lucky, lucky CIHers who live in that state - I envy you! What a glorious, lush, gorgeous place to hang your hat. I went to a wedding hre: www.innmtnview.com   and stayed 1 mile down the road at this B&B: www.wildflowerinn.com
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...hmmm...that looks really neat, Mad.
Making me re-think our early July break - which, for now, is... 
 
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Go for the Tall Ships, Pa. The B&B will be there a long time, but the ships are pretty unique. They don't sail (at least in NY Harbor) very often.
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Originally posted by Madawee Madawee wrote:

Go for the Tall Ships, Pa. The B&B will be there a long time, but the ships are pretty unique. They don't sail (at least in NY Harbor) very often.
Big%20smileOh heck yes...my only issue is that they will only be 'Full Sail' on July 4th...and MissyDWolf has to work during the few hours they will be around (they sail away early afternoon).
I'm currently in he process of trying to 'weasel' our way on one during the July 4th exit from Toronto...and getting someone to run the store for her.
We LOVE 'the water'. 
 
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I got back from my New England Amusement park Hopping Trip last night! Had a wonderful time. Flew into Providence, RI and visited the following:
 
Amusement Parks 
 
Canobie Lake
 
Quassy
 
Rye Playland
 
Six Flags New England (Bizarro is my new NUMBER ONE STEELIE!)Star
 
Lake Compounce (Best park in New England, Boulder Dash is NE's Best Coaster - No. 2 Wood Coaster (Only Holiday World's Voyage Ranks Higher!))Thumbs%20Up
 
Rye Playland is now my No. 5 Favorate Traditional Park, only Indiana Beach, Indiana, Knoebals Grove, Pennsylvania, Kennywood, Pennsylvania and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, England rank higher. Rye's Derby Racer is a Merry-Go-Round on ROIDS! The Ride Operaters instruct you on how to ride the horses, Cedar Point and Blackpool run their Derby Racers SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! Dead
 
I also Visited the Following:
 
Museums.
 
Mystic Seaport
 
USS Nautalus
 
Basketball Hall of Fame
 
I learned a little something about Basketball that I never knew before. In 1891, when James Naismith invented the Game, he sent his Assistant to get two BOXES to use as Goals in the Court, unfortunately he couldn't find any, but he did find some old Peach Baskets, so these were used instead. I cannot help but wonder how would today's Game be if he'd used Boxes instead of Baskets! LOL
 
And now the fun part.
 
My next Trip is going to be Big%20smile FREE!!! Big%20smile
 
(My Flight from Providence to Atlanta was overbooked yesterday, so I volunteered and got:
 
A Free Lunch
 
Four Free Drinks (Adult Beverages) on the Flight (I still have one Voucher, I used two and gave the third to a Fellow Passenger) and, best of all,
 
A FREE TICKET!!!Approve)
 
On Halloween weekend I'll use this Ticket to fly to Texas and visit Three Theme parks and a Couple of Historical Sights.Wink
 
 
 
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HOW AWESOME, Regulus.
 
It fills me with hometown pride that you enjoyed Rye Playland so much! Isn't the Derby Chaser great?  Did you see how the employees jump on and off? Did you go on The Whip? That's quite a dated piece of machinery of historical proportions!
 
I need to hit Six Flags and Lake Compounce myself. Once I do, we'll ocmpare notes.
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Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:

I learned a little something about Basketball that I never knew before. In 1891, when James Naismith invented the Game, he sent his Assistant to get two BOXES to use as Goals in the Court, unfortunately he couldn't find any, but he did find some old Peach Baskets, so these were used instead. I cannot help but wonder how would today's Game be if he'd used Boxes instead of Baskets! LOL
 
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....dribbling would likely not be part of the game.... Big%20smile
 
 
Great news guys.... With the Air Hawk, flat balls are no longer a problem!!!
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Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:

I got back from my New England Amusement park Hopping Trip last night! Had a wonderful time. Flew into Providence, RI and visited the following:
 
Amusement Parks 
 
Canobie Lake
 
Quassy
 
Rye Playland
 
Six Flags New England (Bizarro is my new NUMBER ONE STEELIE!)Star
 
Lake Compounce (Best park in New England, Boulder Dash is NE's Best Coaster - No. 2 Wood Coaster (Only Holiday World's Voyage Ranks Higher!))Thumbs%20Up
 
Rye Playland is now my No. 5 Favorate Traditional Park, only Indiana Beach, Indiana, Knoebals Grove, Pennsylvania, Kennywood, Pennsylvania and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, England rank higher. Rye's Derby Racer is a Merry-Go-Round on ROIDS! The Ride Operaters instruct you on how to ride the horses, Cedar Point and Blackpool run their Derby Racers SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! Dead
 
I also Visited the Following:
 
Museums.
 
Mystic Seaport
 
USS Nautalus
 
Basketball Hall of Fame
 
I learned a little something about Basketball that I never knew before. In 1891, when James Naismith invented the Game, he sent his Assistant to get two BOXES to use as Goals in the Court, unfortunately he couldn't find any, but he did find some old Peach Baskets, so these were used instead. I cannot help but wonder how would today's Game be if he'd used Boxes instead of Baskets! LOL
 
And now the fun part.
 
My next Trip is going to be Big%20smile FREE!!! Big%20smile
 
(My Flight from Providence to Atlanta was overbooked yesterday, so I volunteered and got:
 
A Free Lunch
 
Four Free Drinks (Adult Beverages) on the Flight (I still have one Voucher, I used two and gave the third to a Fellow Passenger) and, best of all,
 
A FREE TICKET!!!Approve)
 
On Halloween weekend I'll use this Ticket to fly to Texas and visit Three Theme parks and a Couple of Historical Sights.Wink
 
 
 
 
You sound like a fun person, regulus!!! Thumbs%20Up
 
You sound like someone who knows exactly what kinds of things he enjoys & does them.
 
Good on ye. Clap
 
Great news guys.... With the Air Hawk, flat balls are no longer a problem!!!
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Originally posted by Madawee Madawee wrote:

HOW AWESOME, Regulus.
 
It fills me with hometown pride that you enjoyed Rye Playland so much! Isn't the Derby Chaser great?  Did you see how the employees jump on and off? Did you go on The Whip? That's quite a dated piece of machinery of historical proportions!
 
I need to hit Six Flags and Lake Compounce myself. Once I do, we'll ocmpare notes.
Welcome back! Glad you had fun!
Yes on Both.
 
To the best of my Knowledge Rye Playland, as well as Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh and Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia are the only Parks that still have Whips. Rye's Old Mill is one of the few remaining "Tunnel of Love" Rides operating as well. Canobie Lake has the last remaining "Caterpiller" ride in existance as well. This ride can be considered a "Forerunner" of today's "Himalaya" rides. The Cars move in a circle on a wavy track, and the Ride Operater activates a shroud that covers the riders during the ride. They were mass-produced in the 1920s, the company that made them went out of business in the 1950s. If I were to manage Rye Playland, (It is owned by the County) I'd seriously consider rebuilding their Airplane Coaster they demolished in 1957. IMHO Rye Playland is a "Diamond in the Rough" and it could use a WORLD CLASS Coaster to be "Noticed" by the Tourist Crowd. If the Airplane were to be rebuilt, I'm sure it would be considered a "Top Tenner", if not a "Number One".Big%20smile
 
On the Funny Side, I noticed many of the Pylons at Rye had the words "WC" carved on them, which stood for "Westchester County", which owns the Park. Those signs would drive a lot of Foreign Tourists NUTS!LOL (Overseas, the sign "WC" often denotes Restrooms, I can just imagine someone, needing to relieve themselves, sees these signs but then cannot find the Facilities!)Shocked
 
I added 14 Roller Coasters to my list, and ALMOST added a 15th at Lake Compounce. Their "Kiddie Coaster" requires riders to have a Child with them. I spotted a Fellow Coaster Enthusiast in Line and got in, a Man came in behind me with two kids, and the Ride Operater required BOTH to ride with an Adult. Getting "Drafted" I thought I'd get a "Credit" but then MY COMPANION CHICKENED OUT!Cry I turned to the Operater and said "You got to know when to Hold-Em, and when to Fold-Em", and I immediately "Folded", enjoying the rest of the day at the park.Cool
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Rye Playland used to have a caterpillar ride. I remember DISTINCTLY going on it with my sister and squealing with delight when the cover came over. We also had a Turtle Chase which was one of my all time favorites.
 
yeah, Rye Playland has taen a number of hits over the years. They've tried a number of ideas to draw crowds and interest. It was getting a bit seedy there for a while. And, it's had it share of hardships with accidental deaths on a few of the rides (I'll spare the details but "Ye Olde Mill" was involved in a doozy. I'm sure you could Google).
 
Glad you liked rhe park and thnak you for allowing me to be a bit of an online tour director! Thanks for humoring me!
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I believe the incident involving The Old Mill happened the same year as the one at Disney World on Splash Mountain, and BOTH RIDERS did THE SAME THING. Their Boats got stopped in Mid-Ride, they got impatient and decided to walk off, and at the very moment they got off, the rides resumed, and they got pinned under the boats and drowned. Ouch In both cases the Riders were at fault for not staying on the rides.
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With less than four weeks remaining until my next Adventure, I am now gearing up for my trip to the Lone Star State. I found out a Church outside Austin is having a "Judgement House", so I have let them know I'll be in the area. Today I purchased a "Jason" Mask from my friendly neighborhood Wally's. Using a Sharpie I printed the inscription "Merry XMAS" on the Mask, I intend to wear it while riding some of the Roller Coasters at either Sea World, Fiesta Texas or Six Flags over Texas. The Photo they take will become (What Else?) Christmas Tree Ornaments that will salute one Holiday from another Holiday!LOL

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Was recently down in New Orleans for my sis's wedding . It was held on a cruise ship, which was kind of interesting (And no, I didn't go on a cruise...the wedding ended before the ship took off ).
 
Stopped at one place on Bourbon Street called the "Gumbo Shop", which had pretty good food. Of course, Louisiana always has great places to eat...I should know, since I used to live in that state. Smile
 
I've also had some fun "daycations", too. I used to go to Santa Rosa, CA and hang out at Spring Lake State (or is it "County"?) Park, and swim in the lagoon.
 
Also, the south area of Lake Tahoe (near Reno, NV) is great....especially the mountains in the fall, when the trees are REALLY colorful. You go there and you will definetly want to bring your camera....unless you're some weirdo who hates taking photos of interesting things  LOL
 
If any of you ever go to Missouri, check out the Fantastic Caverns. I've never been in a cave before, and it was great. (I'm going to have to post some of the great photos I got!).  Just be careful...you might be tempted to hum the "Batman" theme from the 89 movie when the doors to the caverns open.
 
If you visit Mountain Home, Arkansas and like seafood, look for "Fred's Fish House". If you get there before most other people, you'll be able to grab a table by a window and have a nice view of the lake.   ....And their cooking is pretty good, too .
 
I've visited Destin, FL when I was 12 or 13.  I loved the Big Kahunahs waterpark. There's also an air/space museum, but I don't remember if it's in Destin or just nearby. I remember that it was pretty cool, though.
 
I'll list other vacations and "daycations" I've had in another post
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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If any of you ever go to Missouri, check out the Fantastic Caverns. I've never been in a cave before, and it was great.  
 
I've been to quite a few caves, here's a list of my Favorates.
 
1. TIPANOGOS CAVE, Utah. You have to hike a Trail that's 1 1/2 Miles Long (And Climb 1,000 Feet) to get to this Cave, but it is well worth the effort!Thumbs%20Up The Rock Formations will BLOW YOUR MIND.
 
2. GRAND CAVERNS, Virginia. There are several caves you can visit in the area near Shenendoah National Park. This one's the best of the lot!
 
3. CASCADE CAVERNS, Texas. This cave has several underground Waterfalls (Hence it's name).
 
4. CRYSTAL ONYX CAVE, Kentucky. There has to be over a dozen caves you can tour in the Mammoth Cave Region of Kentucky (Including the Big Cave itself) however, IMO this one is the best one of the bunch!
 
5. CATHEDRAL CAVERNS, Alabama. This cave is home to "Goliath" a Stalagmite over 60 feet tall. According to Geologists, using their own formula for determining how long it takes for rock formations in cave to form, this Stalagmite is over 15,000,000,000 years old!
 
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I had a blast with my parents IN WASHINGTON D.C.!!!!!!

Went there for One Nation Rally. Was GREAT felt like I was part of something bigger. Ed Schultz did a GREAT SPEECH.

We stayed two nights in a nice hotel called the Beacon Hotel GREAT FOOD and GREAT TIMES. Had a two bedded room with a TV with a view outside looking down the street!

Had a terrific time, Oh on Sunday we went to the Smithsonian Air & Space Musuem to see the original Enterprise the one from the original 1960's series. Also saw a lot of planes and rockets my dad took lots of pictures!
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We're getting ready to head south for a Family Gathering.
Along the way and a few days before, our youngest daughter (who we are picking up) is arranging an official 'Haunted as Hell' "Ghost Hunt" (she's a PRO), down in a desolated part of Blue Ridge Mountains.
She is a scholar and a pretty good history buff...
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I mentioned on my previous entry that a Church near Austin is having a "Judgement House", today I found out a Church in Temple, Texas (Where I'll be spending three of my nights, since they have the cheapest Hotel) is hosting a "Hell House" so I'll be checking that out as well.
 
(For those of you who haven't been to one of these production, here's the lowdown:
 
Churches put on these shows during the "Halloween Season" as part of their Evangalical Program. They are a Play, done by Church members that have a Story, which goes something like this.
 
There are usually two Main Charactures, and a number of lesser Charactures. One of the Lesser Charactures is a Christian, who witnesses to the Main Charactures. One of them accepts the Lord, the other doesn't. Later a Tragedy occurs and both are killed. (For Example a Coach of a Basketball Team witnesses to two of his Players, during the Championship Game a Tornado strikes the Gymnasium they are playing in.) Then you see the two Charactures get Judged, the one who was saved goes "Upstairs", the other goes "Downstairs". Then you are taken to "Hell" which is a Cramped Room thats dark, hot and stuffy, with smoke and sound effects. Here you meet "The Devil", who makes a Speech. Then you go to "Heaven" where you see the saved Characture greeted by Jesus, who then makes a Speech. The Exit is invariably in the Church's Fellowship Hall, where you are served refreshments and can greet the Minister if you are so inclined.
 
IMO these are quite fun, and a nice twist on the "Haunted House" productions that go on in some parts of the Country. (One of the things I miss about Michigan are the "Haunted Hayrides" a lot of Organizations do there.) However, differant areas have different activities, so thats OK with me!Thumbs%20Up
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Confused...now that we're talkin' about churches and the sort - that reminds me. We were recently thinkin' about going somewhere "different".
Like, ohhh....say, Manila?
Maybe for 'Culture, Music, and Fun'.

It ain't quite "DisneyLand" there, 'Dorthy'.

We have to see if we'll be allowed to be "packing", first....click the links at the bottom of the pic and enjoy the tour. Don't worry - as you will see, there are plenty of "Childrens' Activities"...fun for all, I tell ya!

"Make Friends, Meet Family, and Stay Awhile - or Forever"  
 
(MissyDWolf...how much ammo ya gots?! Gimmeee some, dammit!)
 
 
 
 
 
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As my launch date inches closer. I'm making my purchases. Since I already have a Six Flags Season Pass, the two Texas Parks are covered. That leaves the third, Sea World.
 
Lets see, if I purchase the 2-year Season Pass, it's good for ALL the parks they own except Discovery Cove in Orlando. Sea World Orlando has a new Coaster, as does Busch Gardens in Tampa. The Tampa park is getting another new Coaster next year, and their Virginia park is building a new one in 2012 to replace the Big Bad Wolf, which they dismantled last year.Cry
 
Looks like I'll have plenty to chew on if I purchase this Pass. Lets talk Prices.
 
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                                Sea World Orlando - $359.00 Angry
 
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                                Guess which one I'll purchase!LOL
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Update on Busch Gardens's New Ride. It's a Steel Looper called Cheetah Hunt. It will be simular to Cedar Point's Maverick which I rode in 2007.Thumbs%20Up
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Well, I said I'd post some pic of when I visited the Fantastic Caverns in Missour, so here's one.  Yeah, it's blurry...I'd never taken pics in a cave before.  The pics improved once I figured out the best setting for my camera.
 
 
 
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