So today was my company's 60th Anniversary, and they sent us all to Cedar Point for the day. THANK YOU SSOE!!!!
We took our friends Eric and Sarah (our god-daughter's parents) along to enjoy the free trip. They were VERY grateful for the invitation, which made it all the more enjoyable. There's nothing like doing the happy dance in your friends' kitchen at 7:30 on a Saturday morning (and not having alcohol to blame for it).
The trip there was full of "thank you guys so much," and "I'm so excited," and a few leg slaps accompanied by HUGE grins. Note to future self: when it says "Route 6 or Route 2-hundred-something to Cedar Point, if you take route 6 it will take you a long time because it takes you through the ghetto of Sandusky at 35 mph for about 30 miles... ok maybe not that long, but it felt like it)
BTW, even though you can get through the front gates at 9:30 in the morning doesn't mean that you can get to any of the rides until 10:00 am. You have to be staying at one of the hotels to get on a ride before 10:00.
So my plan was foiled: get there when the gates open, haul... erm... butt... to the back of the park where the new coaster "The Maverick" is located, and ride that first. Instead, we rode the Gemini (because we pretty much walked right up and got on the ride.) After that it felt like we walked a mile or two before deciding to ride the Iron Dragon. Another mile walk around the park trying to decide what we wanted to wait in line for... and we stopped to watch the Top Thrill Dragster. OH the adrenaline rush I got just watching the ride start. I equate what I saw to what it must be like to take off from an aircraft carrier. This thing is launched the riders to a speed of 120mph in mere seconds. (Maybe even in one second) It shoots the rider to a height of 420 feet, and then they plummet back to earth... When I first heard about this coaster a few years ago, I was SO not interested. And even on Friday, when a co-worker was recommending that I ride it, I was still un-interested. But Oh-baby, when I watched that thing launch, I was IN!!!
Unfortunately, my ride on the Top Thrill Dragster was not meant to be. After waiting in line for over an hour, we thought we were in the home stretch. Content to wait for a few minutes shaded from the mid-day sun, we chatted about this and that... until the announcement came. The ride was shut down for a maintenance problem. There was no estimate of the time required to fix said problem. My rear-end hit the concrete that was wreaking havoc on my feet, as I contemplated whether or not I really wanted to tough it out and wait for the ride to be fixed. Finally, thirst prevailed, and the four of us forfeited our place in line (which was more than halfway to getting onto the ride). It couldn't have taken us more than twenty minutes to get something to drink and get back to the "launchpad" (on the wrong side of the tracks)... and as soon as we commented that it would really piss us off to be "sitting in that car when it broke down," we hear "...and enjoy the ride." and the ride started back up again. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
But honestly, all said and done, it was a GREAT day! We had good friends and good weather (for the majority of the day), and even rode a roller coaster or two. We all agreed, on the ride home through the severe thunderstorm that it was a great day. Since all we paid for was parking and dinner at Famous Dave's Barbecue, we didn't care that we didn't really ride any rides. It was just nice to hang out with each other somewhere we wouldn't be able to go under normal circumstances.
Oh yeah, and I have the funniest sunburn from today... ONLY my nose is burnt... no other part of my face even looks pink.
Oh, and I just sent a tiny spider to be with Jesus. I HATE SPIDERS!
UPDATE: We were definitely not the only SSOE attendees that rode little or no rides on Saturday. A surprising number of people said that they didn't ride anything!