Kemah Boardwalk, part 4
One of the rides that we had really looked forward to going on was the wooden rollercoaster, “the Boardwalk Bullet”. Grandpa Ron and the boys didn’t go on it, but everyone else did, once. It was quite the ride, going 50+ mph, a 92 foot drop, and a lot of bone-jarring, head-ache inducing, whiplash type of stuff going on. Daelynn and I went back in the afternoon and rode it a couple of additional times. We tried one run sitting in the front of the ride and one in the back of the ride. I liked going in the front better as you could see where you were going and anticipate things a little more.
The train ride was interesting and it took you all around the boardwalk area. Since the boardwalk is owned and run by a restaurant company, there was quite a lot of restaurant advertising during the tour, and indeed there were a lot of restaurants handy.
The Rockin’ Rocket was a fun ride for the younger set; it didn’t get too exciting, but we went on it a few times.
I don’t have a picture of it, but some of us (Dad, Danaya, Daelynn, and Mikaela) went on one ride a handful of times. It was one where you were belted in, and then were lifted up a pole and dropped from a couple of hundred feet up (it felt like about half a mile, but I don’t think it was that high) to free-fall for a couple of seconds before
splatting on the pavement being brought to a gradual halt.
Another one of the fun rides was the boat swing, in this case with a Pharoah theme. The first time that I went on it I was with Brock. It was a little much for Brock and he hung on for dear life.
Kemah Boardwalk, part 1
Way back when (oh, about a year or more ago) we had promised the kids that we would go and spend a day enjoying the rides at Kemah Boardwalk. Grandpa Ron’s visit, coupled with nice weather and Ben being able to take a day off work seemed a propitious time to fulfill that promise and enjoy a great day of fun together. Rather than one big post (which I’ve started a couple of times but keep running into technical difficulties), I’m going to make this into a bunch of posts, so bear with me. On Thursday, April 10th we made the trip, purchased all day ride passes for all (well, we did make Grandpa Ron buy his own pass) and had a great time.
Here we go with pictures and stories…
The first ride that we went on all together was the Ferris wheel.
Lori and Davison up in the air
After the first ride, we sort of split up. Lori and Grandpa Ron took the young lads to the double decker carousel. The girls headed off to one of the more exciting rides – the Flare, which I don’t have a good picture of (but you can see it in the background in this picture – it’s the loop structure in the background). And despite it looking like Brock has face planted a post, he survived the ride just fine.
I caught the girls getting off the ride, which they seem to have survived. The lineups to get on this ride (and just about all of the others) were just about non-existent, so it was usually a matter of getting off, walking around the ride, and then getting back on again. We (not including Lori, Grandpa Ron, Davison and Brock) went on this ride a bunch of times. It was a little stomach churning, and there were times when you hung motionless upside down, but it was great fun.
But back to the carousel…
And that is it for post 1, the iPad isn’t handling the pictures and editing all that well, so we’ll see how quickly I can get the next post up.
OMSI submarine tour
Another post about our trip to OMSI on Thursday. A step-cousin of Lori’s works at OMSI, and finagled some freebies for us. One of those freebies was the submarine tour; a tour of the USS Blueback, a smaller diesel electric sub which was retired from active service in 2009. The sub is permanently moored beside OMSI on the Willamette river.