Crankycon 2009 with Pictures !!!!
Crankycon Group Photo, September 19, 2009, Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
We finally got fully assembled at 10:45, concluding that all Crankylanders were present, and we went inside.
The El Toro
For those of you not conversant in Spanish, "El Toro" in English would be "The Toro." This is one of the best wooden roller coasters on the planet in that it's faster than, well, some really fast thing and it's amazingly smooth. It also pulls about 5 g's.
There are about a dozen coasters in Great Adventure, and at least half of them kick some major coaster ass. And the other half are just plain fun. The speed and mellowness of the Nitro defy description, though it took several rides after that to remove the screams from my ears of the young lady who sat next to me. She told me that was her first coaster. Who could tell? For any man who may wish to be her first sexual experience, bring a condom and some ear plugs.
I didn't take any more pictures of the rides as they are so huge, and one must be so close to them to get any kind of shot, I really couldn't do them justice. Taking photos from the Sky Ride is forbidden and results in automatic suspension from the park. Geez, drop one camera on a tourist, and these park people freak.
The Group Stops for a late lunch.
One of my favorite parts of any Crankycon is sitting around just talking to my fellow Crankylanders over a long casual lunch. We inquired as to where the best park food was, and were directed to the Western cafe near the log ride. The food we had learned from other park guests was only slightly better than what you'd find at a McDonalds, so most of us just ordered fries and a drink, preferring to sate our hungers later at Nathon's Hot Dogs. Nathan's of New York fame indeed provided the best park food with their genuine skinned Polish sausages. Indeed, a family sitting next to us at this Western cafe was chowing down on several orders of ribs and we asked them how the ribs were. The reply was, "I don't know how they did it, but they cooked every last bit of flavor out of these, and most of the moisture."
Log Ride Dry Booth
Oh those Six Flags people! Always thinking of creative ways to make money. This is a drying booth just outside of the exit from the log ride. It will hold a family of four and cost $3.00. Lucky Coaster sat in the back of the log and didn't get a drop on me. I didn't see anyone use this booth, though there were some people who got soaked. I am amazed at how Six Flags tries to squeeze every last penny out of their guests. It's not enough that I paid $15 for parking (For a motorcycle!), $55 dollars to get in the gate, $13.00 to rent a small locker, and $11.00 for the fries and Coke, but when I went to the men's room, the attendant wanted to know if I would just be using a urinal or would I like to purchase the unlimited dumping pass?
This is just wrong
One thing I enjoy about traveling is the super people you meet.
And what day at the park would be complete without these?
Lovely Dippin Dots!
We stayed until the park employees wouldn't let us stay any longer. It was a perfect park day. The weather was great: Mild and sunny. The lines were short. And each and every ride I was looking forward to riding well lived up to its hype. Maybe just maybe there is a god.