Day 2: After successfully finishing off 3 parks in 1 day and a stop at Three Floyds, we were ready to tackle an additional 5 parks and make it back to Columbus before our flights out at 8pm. A little tired from the 6 hours of sleep we got, we were up and out of our hotel by Indianapolis shortly before 9am and at the Indianapolis Zoo shortly after it opened.
Luckily I figured arriving late wouldn't hurt, as the coaster didn't open until 10am, so we got a little bit more sleep and managed to check out a few of the animals before heading for the credit. What a great idea it is to incorporate rides into a zoo. It keeps things educational, but also includes a little bit more fun into the mix. Kombo is a standard giant Tivoli coaster from Zierer, great for the whole family, with a nice safari like theme.
Ah, the Indianapolis Zoo. So far thats 3 "nature" parks in 3 weeks for me, thanks to coasters
Something tells me this will actually see the light of day before Marineland's does
The giant tortoise has been trying to make it over to ride Kombo for a good 3 years now. By 2009 he should be there
Kombo is all the way in the back corner of the park, away from most of the animals
After I boot up the automatic ticket machine, I don't have to wait in line to purchase my ticket to ride. ($2)
And there it is, thru the grass. Credit!
Cute little jeep themed trains
Always fun rides, never too rough. Probably some of the best starter coasters for the youngin's
After getting the credit, we had some time to see some animals. New is the desert (not the dessert)
The desert tortoise was on the move, how cute!
These aren't meerly cats, they're meerkats! A whole sorority of them!
The indoor desert pavilion was nicely themed and very personal with the animals
Afterwards we hit the savannah area. Here you see Steve Nuss and family
And a whole bunch of white rhinos, just sitting around waiting for someone to try to steal their horns
"I'm kinda like a donkey, but with stripes and stuff"
This elephant is all "I wish I could fly, then I'd totally go to Disney World!"
Here's something familiar to our Aussie a$$hole friends. One's got a joey, (not the Jewish kind)
Another ride at the zoo is the creepy carousel with giant bugs!
"Grrrr, why isn't anyone riding on me!?" says SharkTums' cousin
Down in the water are some playful otters
Now the otters are climbing a tree
Ah! Look out, these hideous animals will steal your beer and whore your coasters
Finally, we head out, but not before pounding it. Dude!
Next on the agenda was Coney Island. What used to be the icon park for the Ohio area is now a shell of its former self. With very few rides, only 1 coaster, and a bad location for flooding on the Ohio River, the biggest draw is still the pool.
So in south Cincinnati you'll find Coney Island. Well known for the Wildcat
No, that's not the Wildcat. Its a water slide that I guess Jeff could count, seeing how it looks like a woodie
The pool was really crowded
Ah, the Pepsi Python, a coaster I missed when it was at Wildwood
Heath braces for impact at the end of the ride. Cha ching!
It must have made him a little loopy, as he decided to dance with a pig
Its always cool when a park likes to show off its history. Coney looks like it used to be amazing
After our brief stop at Coney, it was finally time to get to the main reason for the entire trip, Stricker's Grove was opened to the public today! So back in the car we go and where we stop, there's wood coasters to ride!
Tornado greets you as you find yourself in the middle of a field
Strickers is mainly a park bought out for company picnics and stuff, but they've got rides
Classic rides like a Jr turtle
And a little Ferris Wheel located in the trees
But the main draw for us was the coasters. Two woodies like the inhouse built Teddy Bear
A nice junior woodie as much fun for the little ones as us grown ups
With a tight schedule, Heath even squeezes into the seat so he doesn't have to wait for another cycle
Next up, Tornado. The adult woodie
With a nice paint job and a fun out and back layout, Tornado was pretty cool
While in line for Tornado, we ran into our old friend Batflame, now sporting Scooby theming from his earlier visit to PKI
A very familiar view from the lift
And the return run
and we can't forget about the flyers!
Too bad we ran out of time, these teacup sorta things looked fun
Heath enjoys his cheap ice cream and free soda
Kim gets a little greedy with her free soft drink quota though
The Strickers staff knows how to grill, too bad we can't stay to eat, that corn looked good!
So far the trip was successful. Heath and Kim got all their needed credits, but there was still one missing for me, Italian Job at PKI. Since we all have passes, we figured "why not?" Beisdes, we had a great trip thus far, it should be entertaining if PKI ruins it for us!
Always the whores, we head back to PKI, a park I loathe
Surprisingly the ride had 3 trains running, the line moved fast, and we were on and off in less than 40 minutes
Not quite as good as a vertical loop, but I loves me a water splash too
Two Jobs down, one to go! Credit whoring accomplished!
The Beast, its historic
Son of Beast, its histerical!
The newly themed kiddie area
A new Zamperla kite flyer themed to Danny Phantom. Betcha guys wish you had your flying scooters instead!
Not quite sure why at PKI its a kiddie ride and at PGA its a thrill ride, but here's the new Disko coaster-type Avatar
This one's for you, Super Scooby-Goliath Batflame. Now do the batoosie!
Surprisingly, PKI wasn't too bad, even for a Sunday! Next time I see this sign, the Paramount will probably be gone
Bonus food #2, Skyline Chili
Watching them make our stuff right before our eyes
Heath gets ready to scarf down his 5 way
After inhaling my 3 way, its time to enjoy the Skyline Chili Cheese dog
Mission complete, now back to the airport! "Pound it!"
We made it back to the airport in plenty of time. So I think I'll have a beer (cause I need a reason, I guess)
This one's for you, fellow BACTers, for a whoring weekend well done!
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