Happy Birthday Surprise

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Roamer's Retreat

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Saturday, July 19, 2008

We set out for Philadelphia which was about an hour drive from where we were located.  Rusty was pretty bummed that he was going to have to spend the day trudging around another big city with more American history to boot!  He kept asking what we were going to be doing there and how long we were going to be there and when would we get back to open presents and have his birthday dinner and cake.  The longer we were in the car the more upset he became.  We exited the freeway and followed the signs when the kids became aware of where we actually were.  We didn't go to Philly at all, we were in Hershey, PA the home of the Fahrenheit!  The newest best roller coaster ride opening this summer! 

Yes, it is true, we spent another day going from one roller coaster to the next.  The first couple rides "Great Bear" and "Trailblazer", Rusty wasn't too impressed with and he thought nothing was going to compare to Busche Gardens.  He was headed down an ugly path of disappointment until we entered "The Storm Runner"  Now that's a ride!  This one-of-a-kind coaster will launch you from 0-72 mph in 2 seconds flat as it heads 18 stories straight up, straight down. And that's just the beginning. You'll fly through a 135 foot cobra loop, barrel rolls, and a dramatic flying snake dive so fast, you won't know which way is west. Now that got his attention!  Next door was the "Sidewinder" where you fly through a couple loops to come to a complete stop atop a peak, all to do the same ride in reverse.  We weren't sure why, but doing loops backwards really adds to the effect.

It was our goal again to do all 10 coasters at least once before leaving for the day.  The kids had never been on a traditional wooden coaster and this park is known for theirs.  We enjoyed the Comet, the Wildcat and Lightening Racer which is a double-track wooden roller coaster with two staggered lifts approximately 90 feet for each other that run simultaneously in a race.  A real fun and different approach to riding coasters.  We enojoyed the Wild Mouse a couple times, but the Super Dooper Looper was a let down from its name.  There wasn't any dooper in the looper at all.  But then there was Fahrenheit.  We had all been preparing to stand in the 2 hour line all day long.  It was time to face the music.  After standing in line for an hour and a half we approached to ride where Rusty and Ellen were instructed to sit in the front seat.  AAHHHH!  It is one thing to ride this thing and another to be in the front.  We figured it was Rusty's best gift of the day.  This hot new vertical lift inverted loop coaster ascends 121 feet straight up before plummeting down a 97-degree drop.  Boy Howdy!  It was worth the wait!

We decided to ride the Sidewinder, Storm Runner and Great Bear one last time before leaving.  Rusty insisted upon Macaroni and Cheese for dinner followed by the coconut cake we had picked up in Lancaster County yesterday.  He then opened a few gifts to find some pirate games we had picked up along the way.  He seemed to be satisfied with the days events and gifts from the family.  On the other hand, he wasn't too thrilled with the idea of having to go to bed and not playing with the toys because we were headed to Philly in the morning.

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