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Space Mountain

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 wheel of evil

Dusk at California Adventure.

Quick story:  When we got to California Adventure my family decided to go on Mickey’s Fun Wheel (the ferris wheel in the photo above).  I asked, “Swinging or non-swinging?”

We went on the swinging car.  As we left on our ride, the car started to move…a lot.  My wife and daughter closed their eyes and began chanting the mantra, “Just think that you’re on a swing in a playground,” really loudly, like they were trying to convince themselves.  My son burst into tears, closed his eyes, and all three of them grabbed onto their seats like death was coming and the only way to save themselves was to hold on tight.

I loved it.  It was awesome.  Update:  I loved the ride, not the pain my family was in.  Just to clarify.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f11; ISO 100; 1/125 sec.; ev +2