Time for another update!
After the incredibly long, exhausting, and at times frustrating day at SFNE, we made a nice little drive deep into New England and stopped somewhere in southern Maine. This would end up being BY FAR the most relaxing day of the trip, and I kinda wanted to spend another day there after we left. Lunch at Jimmy the Greek's was delicious (I think I had fish and chips........let me think, yep, fish and chips), and their beer selection was heavenly! I also got to sample some of the pizza that Jen couldn't finish, and that was also very tasty (not Lombardi's tasty, but good nonetheless).
Palace Playland was a quaint little beach side park in Old Orchard Beach, and I honestly had expected the place to be a ghost town. However, Old Orchard Beach was actually a fairly touristy little town that reminded me a lot of some of the beach towns further south that I've been to. It was also a very warm day, and I'm sure that had a lot to do with so many people being out that day. Either way, it didn't feel overcrowded or anything, I was just surprised that people actually live in Maine.
Palace Playland was pretty typical, a Galaxi and kiddie credit with some other flats, but it had some personality, as well. I enjoyed the fact that it was right on the beach, and Jen and I took a walk down to the beach and stuck our feet in the water. I was expecting freezing cold water, but once again, my ignorance showed, and the water was very comfortable, especially considering how sore our feet were from the day before!
After we were done at Palace Playland and we cut in front of a parade down Main Street (we don't miss the bus for anything!), we made the short trek to Funtown Splashtown. This was yet another small New England park that was overflowing with charm and personality (and once again, a nice change of pace after SFNE). Excalibur was a fairly mediocre CCI creation, although had the ending been as good as the beginning, it would have been top 20 worthy. The front row had excellent airtime on the first few hills, and the back row was "stand up ejector air" on the first drop. Funtown also had one of the best flats I've ever been on, the indoor scrambler/acid trip light show Astrosphere. Even though the scrambler itself didn't spin that fast, it was worth it to watch the light show! We also had a CRAZY bumper cars takeover, and I may have broken a few ribs in the process. We ended the day with an epic screaming match on the pirate ship between TPR and some 12-13 year old girls who said we were on our man periods.
ERT on Excalibur was actually a LOT of fun, and somehow I lasted the entire hour without needing an organ transplant.
I definitely think that if/when I return to the New England area, Funtown Splashtown will be on my radar for things to do. It'll be nice to get a whole day there when I'm not half asleep! Here come the photos, the full album is on facebook here!