Today, our group lost some faces, and gained some new ones, as the official part of the trip was over. Time for the add-on!
We woke up early and headed to the Madrid airport for our flight to Dusseldorf, Germany. We were greeted by the add-on participants and loaded the bus for the scenic, adventuresome drive to Wild-und Freizeitpark Klotten. The park has a gorgeous setting and combines a zoo with a do-it-yourself rides and the INSANE Klotti coaster!
Geert and Big mike patiently waiting for our plane.
We're watching you!
New airport credit!
New country credit for KT!
Add-on peeps (aka: the welcoming committee.
Almost all taxis were Mercedes.
As we leave, we pass more "modern" art.
Church, with dead people farm.
Dude, we're going the wrong way!
Um... Weren't we supposed to turn right?
Uh... we need to make a U-turn!
Nice parking job at the park.
An awesome view from the parking lot!
It looks as if we made it.
Yup. This is the place.
Looks like a Klotti Potti.
Model of the Klotti coaster and the non-existent water ride.
How many dangerous rides (that you would never find in the USA) can you see in this picture?
The odd, self-controlled, mini ferris wheel/zipper combo.
Looks harmless enough.
Just ask Jay and James! (That is definitely a smile on James face!!)
The self-powered swinging ride.
Christobell stroking his way through the air.
The Hoffman Girl getting some serious airtime!!
Wet and dry slides.
Over in the zoo there were many animals, including raccoons.
Some beautiful reindeer.
Jimmy (walking on the far left) was afraid of the killer deer.
From the deer area, Klotti's first drop looks cool!
Don't the airtime hills look like...
... ducks from a shooting gallery??
We missed you!
Looks like there was supposed to be a log ride of some sort here.
Not quite yet.
The aforementioned INSANE airtime hills!!
Love the first drop!
The grandkids take a ride.
This castle and villa could only be seen from the top of Klotti coaster.
When blurry, Germany looks exactly like King's Island!
Rich acts like a local and gets a cold drink at the Hoff-bra.
This is the first half of Day 11 at Tripsdrill park. A really beautiful park, with tons of things to find and explore. This park was a real gem! Evidently, the owner of the park, basically owns the whole valley and vineyards that the park was located in. Really well maintained, meticulous gardens, and some really, really cool rides!
On to the pics.
Hope you like them.
On the way to the park...
A fire station.
This is the 2nd time we passed this church. The driver wouldn't trust the map. Only his GPS. (sigh)
Well, we made it!
The first bit of theming to greet us.
Heading back to ERT.
A lot of the dioramas were almost educational, teaching the art of wine making.
This is actually a large animated clock. More pics later.
Which way do we go Wilbur, which way do we go??
The monorail ride.
You can pay to make frogs spit at mosquitoes.
We'll hit Rasender Tausendfubler later.
(Big Mike sighting)
Coaster on one side, bathtub ride on the other.
This place was seriously beautiful.
Elissa and KT decide to join us afterall.
Love the trains on G'sengte Sau!
(Sorry for the blurry pic.)
Not too sure about the ride-op though.
Hector's not too sure what Carl's so excited over.
See? There is a ride among all this foliage.
Ready. Aim. Fire. :-)
Jimmybo, of paparazzi fame, gets his video.
I mean, how hard would it be to pick these guys off?
KT tries her hand at operating the ride.
Rich leads others up the lift hill.
KT doesn't appear to be as excited as dad.
The flowers weren't quite awake yet.
TPR members getting their credit.
Does James have a new #1??
Spinny boat ride...
...with no boats!
You can pay to shoot an egg out a chicken's butt, into any one of a number of open mouths.
Spinny tub ride through the vineyard.
See? Real grapes!!
Tripsdrill had some friendly goats.
TPR gang on the...
...bitchin' tree drop ride...
...from hell!! It was seriously, an awesome ride!!
The waterwheel of death that almost collected the lives of several TPR members.
KT gets the Lou credit. (As does Robb. Again.)
Inside the windmill was a really tight, fast slide.
Even though I'm lost, this sign does me no good.
I really like the wrought iron fences.
Adam and Eve??
If you got too close, the serpent would spit water on you!
The strangest well in the world! Pull the rope and a child pops up!
It's kind of disturbing.
It got WEIRD!
Holding the camera over the edge, you could see most of the characters.
Every time you went up this ladder, a different character popped out. Including this one with the bouncy breasts!
The Tripsdrill version of the Tiki room.
11:45 and time for the wedding procession.
Kinda corny. Kinda cool.
Thru the trees!
WTF is a "Baby-Wickel" and why does the sign have the figure lying on it's side???
The whirlpool of the rapids ride.
Time for food!
Tripsdrill put on a great spread for us!
Sliced beef with gravy, and macaroni 'n cheese. Yummy!!
Because we had to leave for Holiday Park, the Tripsdrill people walked us up the exit ramp for the bathtub flume ride!
Not all that wet.
Jay, Ben and James check out their amount of wetness.
Robb getting his pov, ???, and Hector-screaming like a little girl.
Jimmybo and the remaining "Yellow Hat Club" give it a go.
The Hoffman girl wants to know what I did with her tube top! :-)
Wow! I actually took a good picture of a flower.
Say goodbye to Tripsdrill. We will be back! Probably for a full day if rumors hold true. :-)
Next up: later in the day at Holiday Park and EGF!!!
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