Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2016

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March 26, 2016
Williamsburg VA

The next morning was rainy but the forecast called for the rain to pass over eventually. We had purchased a spring special ticket to BGW that, for an amazingly low $99 included parking, a 1 day ticket, two meals, AND the front of the line access! It was too good a deal to pass up. We got to the kiosks (I love these, and wish more parks had them) to get our tickets and Quick Queues, and headed in to the park. Isaac seemed to love the park from the get go. I figured he would. I love the park too. We headed to Tempesto first since Quick Queue was not available for it at the time and I’d heard horror stories on wait times. We waited 20 minutes for the back.

TempestoThe ride was really fun. Not sure I’d add it to a large park, but I can see why there are a lot of these going in at parks, and good for Premier. It was a fun ride. Even the vests on this one didn’t bother me. The first launch up was cool, then you launch back all the way to the top of the structure, then come back down and launch all the way around. It was great. The slow roll at the top was scary good fun. The non inverting loop had airtime. Dropping off of the top was fun. It was just a great little ride. But not worth more than a 30 minute wait at any park, though it’s still a neat addition, and actually looked great where it’s placed in the park.

We were going to do Apollo, but it had a slight line and we had the QQ for later. We walked thru and saw the new Italian eatery that looked and smelled great (we never ate there tho, maybe next time). So we walked up to Germany. I liked Verbolten quite a bit from the year it opened and subsequent visits. I still hadn’t gotten to experience all three ‘themes’ in the dark portion. We went to get in line, but decided to wait. Again, we had QQ for later. So we did DarKastle instead.

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Wisconsin Parks 2014

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August 30, 2014
Wisconsin

Boy, how early 7 AM came. But I made it up. Jay had set his alarm too, but his tablet was still on EST so he got up an hour before I did. We both went down for the decent breakfast the hotel offered before we set off. We got in a little construction delay just outside of the city, but just before 10 AM we had made our way to Wisconsin Dells and were pulling in to park at Mt. Olympus Theme Park.

I went in with really, REALLY low expectations, especially for Hades and it’s conversion to Hades 360. I’d heard mostly bad things about the current state of this park for many years and was looking at this as a quick credit stop. It was gloomy with the threat of rain. But as we arrived they were running a special on all day ride bands for $15 (it’s regularly $45). The good thing with the rain was that crowds weren’t horrible. We headed in and then down the hillside first as I needed a quick bathroom break. Then the first ride of the morning was Pegasus.

PegasusThe ride was short. We rode in the back, but it packed a punch. After heading out of the station and up the lift hill you drop down a small curved hill and then up, down, and up another hill, where you turn. Then its a couple of more small hills and turns that go around the infield before you finish with several good bunny hops. I loved the layout and the train was hauling thru the course with lots of pops of airtime. I really enjoyed it, especially because I didn’t know much about it. It reminded me of a tamer Raven, and that was good.

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Myrtle Beach 2006

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September 28 & 29, 2006
Myrtle Beach SC
Pavilion Last Ride

Waking up on Thursday morning I got my things together, ran some errands, and headed south. This was my only major trip planned for the year, and it was a mixture of excitement and sadness because this would be the last time I would visit the legendary Myrtle Beach Pavilion. The drive from my home in southern West Virginia to Myrtle Beach was around 7 hours. Thankfully Janet Jackson had released her then latest album that week, so I planned to give it a full listen on my way south. The weather was rather dreary, but I knew that reports were for sun in Myrtle Beach thru the weekend.

About 90 minutes in to the ride I stopped in Wythville, VA since gas was only $2.08 to fill up and get some food. I wouldn’t stop again until North Carolina to get some directions, and then South Carolina for gas. Just outside of Myrtle Beach, on US 501, something in the other lane caught my eye. The Wacky Worm station and train from the now closed Grand Prix was on the back of a truck being transported elsewhere. I had seen pictures of the track packed up. I guess someone bought it. I had left around 10 AM and expected to arrive in Myrtle Beach around 5 PM and surely enough, at about 5:30 I was pulling in to the parking lot of the Hotel. I had spent the last 3 hours looking forward to arriving and relaxing in the room for a bit. That, however, would not be the case once I arrived.

Once I arrived it seemed as though everyone was having some type of problem with the staff. Sea Crest is a very nice ocean front property where we have stayed for at least 10 years. My parents would be arriving there the day I was leaving, and my mother had made my reservations as well since we were going at almost the same time. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the reservation.

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Myrtle Beach 1999

Senior Week: June 9-13 1999
Myrtle Beach South Carolina

On Friday, June 4, 1999, I finished my high school career at Mt. View High School by graduating 69th out of a
class of around 300. It was a very hectic week. Since I was in the Art Honor Society, as well as the Project
Graduation Committee, I had a lot of work to do to get ready for the party after graduation, and was one of the
only Seniors allowed at the school for the entire week. Plus, the Telemarketing Firm that I worked for
unexpectadly closed the Tuesday before I graduated.

This left me in an odd position. I had origionally planned to go to Myrtle Beach for part of Senior Week 99′(The
Week after graduation), but was not going to be able to leave till Wednsday for work related reasons. Now I had
the time, but hadn’t planned on being there till Wednsday, so I lounged around at home for the first part of the
week.

By this time, I was getting excited, this was my first trip to the beach without my family. I was finally 18 and going
on vacation by myself! So around 8am Wednsday morning, I packed my car and headed for the beach, an 8 hour
trip from home. I’m still very proud of myself for getting there safe and sound, only getting slightly off course
(not lost, really since I could still get to the beach from the street I was on).

I arrived at the beach around 5:00, p.m. andI checked into my room. I stayed at a small motel by myself called the
Chip Inn. On Tuesday, I had called some friends of mine that were at the beach already, so when I got there on
Wednsday, I hooked up with them. Sara, Nick, and Dorthy were happy I came since I had my own car, they were
forbidden to drive once they got down there. Once I got settled in, I went to their motel to pick them up,
and we all went over to “Broadway at The Beach” for a few hours of shopping, eating, and walking around. While
we were there, we checked out “Ripley’s Aquarium”, one of the most interactive aquariums I’ve ever been to, as
well as one of my favorite attractions at Myrtle Beach.The rest of that evening, we cruised Ocean Blvd. before
going back to their motel rooms for some much needed rest.

The next morning it was off to the beach with my friends, at their motel, and that ended up being the only day I
made it out to the beach. We spent the better part of the day swimming and lounging around their pool. That
evening, we went to eat at Arby’s. There is a Teen nite club in Myrtle Beach called “The Attic”. I really
wanted to go to a more adult club, since we were 18, but they settled on this one. After dancing there till midnite,
we went cruising around town again, adn then treked up to the “Nightmare Haunted House” on Ocean Blvd.
That nite, after dropping the others off, I went to get some Ice Cream, went back to the motel room, and watched
TV till I fell asleep.

On Friday, we went back to “Broadway At The Beach”. They had a live Webcam, and so we called some parents
to let them know we would be on it and that they could watch. There is a “Build-a-Bear Workshop” located here,
and we thought it would be cool to make our own teddy bears, so we went there for a couple of hours to make a
bear. For Dinner, we ate at “Planet Hollywood”. We had planned to meet some other friends to go dancing at a
nite club called the “Freaky Tiki”, but that fell apart, and I was the only one to finally make it to the club. This is
where I had the most fun all week. I got out of the club about 3:00, a.m., having had lots of fun. Then I went back to
the room.

Most of the people I knew were leaving on Saturday, or early Sunday, so they were spending the day packing and
leaving. I decided to spend the day by myself. I went to the movies and saw “Austin Powers: The spy who
Shagged Me”, and that evening decide to have dinner at the “House of Blues” in North Myrtle, its one of my
favorite places to eat in Myrtle Beach, besides “Peach’s Corner”. That nite I went to the Pavilion amusment park,
and shopped around.
town by myself.

On Sunday morning I woke up, packed my things, and checked out of the hotel, heading north to West Virginia.