If you’ve been reading my blog you already know what Mickey’s Fun Wheel (above) did to my family. Here’s a brief recap: In March of this year my family and I went to Disneyland and California Adventure. We rode the Fun Wheel (or “Evil Wheel” as my family came to refer to it). I enjoyed it and my daughter and wife went to their mental happy places and my son screamed and cried.
Why am I posting it today? The high school year is coming to a close (here in British Columbia, Canada) and I’m wishing that we were going back to Disneyland and California Adventure for the holidays. I’m also planning a trip to “Playland at the PNE” here in Vancouver for all of my Wolf Pack students (student leadership group) as a reward for their hard work throughout the year. We’ll ride the roller coasters and take a trip on the Hellevator (or eight as I usually do). My favorite ride is the Coaster, a wooden roller coaster built in 1958; my favorite because it’s the only coaster I’ve ever been on where I thought I might die.
Only three more days before exams. Here’s hoping I make it.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f16; ISO 100; 1/80 sec.
This is Space Mountain. My son had never taken a ride on a “real” roller coaster before, so I felt some trepidation about taking him on Space Mountain as his first roller coaster experience. We got on, rode up the first climb and felt the cold air at the top. As we peaked and took the first turn, Ben stayed quiet. As we were whipped through consecutive curves, Ben stayed quiet. As I screamed and yelled, Ben stayed quiet. When we came to a stop I looked over at Ben. He was looking straight ahead, eyes bugged out, and still quiet.
Thinking I had traumatized Ben, I asked (a little scared), “So, what did you think?”
Ben says, his voice a crescendo, “That…WAS…AWESOME!”
Ben’s a roller coaster nut. Yay!
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 100; 1/640 sec.
The force is strong with them.
My kids, the girl with the braid and the blond boy next to her, received their diplomas stating that their training as Jedi was complete. I’m pretty sure I was giggling and wishing that I could have been up their with them.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f9; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.
The trick to a night shot with a slow shutter speed, without a tripod and remote shutter release, is a steady hand. I don’t have a steady hand. Instead, I leaned against a pile of rock, or rock-like facsimile designed by some imagineer, and shot as steadily as I could.
This shot of the Astro Orbitor at Disneyland was the best of the bunch.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 1600; 1/2 sec.
I can’t believe I get to see Vader. The real Vader. Darth Vader. The Darth Va…what? He’s not the real Vader? But…(sob), but…
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f6.3; ISO 100; 1/125 sec.