L: Early, rise and shine for Knott's Berry Farm white knuckle experience. The car was full of apprehension and suspense as we drew up to Knott's Berry. As we walked in the Ghostrider, an old style wooden roller coaster, loomed over the park entrance. As the queue drew shorter, my apprehension turned to sheer terror. Small children happily put their trust in others, me? I want to meet the last guy who did the safety check on this thing. How old is it? where's the accident book? I may have a heart condition I never knew about...someone has farted, it is apparent I am not alone in my fear. As we were waiting to board we see the innocent grins of oversized americans clicking their way to the top and then the sort of screams that you'd associate with being burnt alive. I'm in, check safety belt, check for any signs of mechanical failure and then close my eyes and pray it will be quick. After the notorious clicking we are propelled at speeds that gave me an out of body experience. Amber's scream was so high pitched it disappeared all together. My lord! And it didn't stop. I contemplated all the things that may be more fun than this...a car crash? childbirth? buried alive?
After I had recovered, I had a new found sense of danger. Let's go on the wild horses ride! yey! Once on though, I felt I may be too tall for being bent double hanging onto to two ears with a tail for back support. 'Hang on a sec mate...' too late! I think mine had been brandished with a hot iron the speed it went, yehaa!
Cameron and Dave then took on the Perilious Plunge, a vertical waterfall in what one would loosely term 'a boat'. How does that thing actually stay on the ramp? Too much technical analysis sealed its fate for me, I'll do the photos!
Other rides included the flipper thing (glad I stopped out on that one, sorry Cameron for encouraging you to stay), Calico Mine ride (tame but good effects), a classic log flume and an Aztec rollercoaster which I defiantly kept my eyes open on. Amber and Dave probably get prize of the day for the 'Silver Bullet' - need I say more.
Amber cooked Mac n' cheese when we got home and with weary hands we snuffled it down. Bed is required.