Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I've Lost My Mojo

Yeah!  I think I forgot all about this little meme.  Too much lately, as a matter of fact.  I put up a status on my Facebook yesterday that read: I've lost my mojo. Has anyone seen my mojo?  That was prompted by a conversation I had with my buddy Laura Kim after lunch yesterday somewhere in Westhampton Beach.

Like many of our conversations, this one was therapy for me.  That's something she and I do for one another when we need it, and I'm realizing I needed it yesterday! I haven't really thought about it directly, but I have lost my mojo...I think I'm depressed!

"So what?," you say.  Lots of people are depressed, right?  Right!  Well I'm not lots of people, I'm me, and I gotta do something about this before I gently arrive at my grave too safely.  My ride Was good....really good there for awhile, but now it's gone to shit.  I've got to find my mojo!

During our conversation, I kept saying a lot of things I hadn't realized I'd been feeling.  I've been feeling stuck in the mud for what seems the longest time lately, and I don't know how to get out. I haven't been writing much personal lately and LK reminded me that's because I haven't been living lately.  She's right!  I've got to find my mojo!

Have you seen my mojo? 

A-Z Blogging - Adventure Parks - L is for Log Flumes

The log flume is one of the oldest and still most loved rides around.  Almost every amusement park has some variation of a log flume ride, and these not only can be fun, but sometimes even thrilling.  It's the kind of ride the whole family can enjoy.  Here's one located at Knotsberry Farm in California that's considered among the best...

Cool, huh?

"L" Coaster of the day - Lightning Racer - 
Hersheypark, Hershey, PA

One of the best types of wooden coasters are the racing kind, with two trains heading off side by side along divergent tracks, seemingly in a race with one another.  There are many classic racers, like The Racer in Kennywood, Rebel Yell in King's Dominion, Colossus at Magic Maountain, and more.  Here's one, the Lightning Racer, that's my absolute favorite!  It's located at Hersheypark in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and its Lightning and Thunder trains have been racing for almost fifteen years now.  This one's nothing but fun! Check it out...

Check out the rest of the Adventure Parks A-Z posts right here...

Song of the Day - I'm Going On - Gnarls Barkley

I miss Gnarls Barkley!  Even though they only put out two albums, they've got a ton of good songs, like this one.  If you don't know it, click play....ya just might like it!

Anyone that needs what they want 
and doesn't want what they need
I want nothing to do with


Monday, April 14, 2014

A-Z Blogging - Adventure Parks - K is for Kennywood

Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in the country.  In fact, along with Playland Amusement Park in Rye, NY, it is one of only two amusement parks in the country registered as a National Historic Place.  This park was one I had long wanted to visit, and I did finally get the chance to go during that 2010 roller ocaster trip.  Though, I wouldn't recommend the long ride just for this place, I would recommend a visit there f you happen to be in the area.

Like many traditional amusement parks, Kennywood started out as a trolley park, a recreation area for weekend pleasure seekers located at the end of a trolley line.  The place opened up in 1898, operated by the Kenny family, and quickly began to grow in number of attractions and popularity.

Laffin' Sal

Over the years Kennywood has grown by leaps and bounds and today has a stable of rides and attractions to rival many a theme park, but like at Playland in Rye, this place still has the look and feel of a traditional amusement park, steeped in history.  Rides such as the classic woodies, Thunderbolt, Jackrabbit and The Racer hearken back to the early days of roller coaster riding, and attractions such as Laffin' Sal, The Victorian Watermill and Noah's Arc all bring back the folly of yesteryear for people to enjoy.

In order to compete with today's high thrill, high tech amusement market, Kennywood has also added rides and attractions more akin to what can be found in today's theme parks.  There's The Exterminator, a dark coaster experience, Skyrocket, the park's newest steel coaster, a rapids ride, The Pittsburgh Plunge, and my personal favorite, the Steel Phantom...

All in all, Kennywood is a great place to ride rides.  It's located just 8 miles outside of Pittsburgh in a beautiful, hilly setting in West Miffin, Pennsylvania.  All of the photos in this post were taken by me during that trip in 2010, and I hope you like them.  Stay tuned for more Adventure Parks blogging and in the meantime, check out my other entries below...

"K" Coaster of the Day - Kingda Ka
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

Today was an easy choice for Coaster of the Day.  It's the one and only, terrifying Kingda Ka...Scary!!!