No problem man, I'm sure we'll come across them during the NE trip. Hell SFOT had ninjas while SFFT has the skeleton ones...we'll find them
And on a related note, I really liked Adventuredome as a kid, but I think as an adult I would be incredibly bored though. I remember the coaster being pretty good though and I rode Rim Runner way back when...it was neat!
After a long anticipated trip to Oregon, I landed on June 25, 2011 at Portland International, grabbed my bags and rental car, and headed to pick up the Luscious Laura. Over the next week, Laura and I will bring you several parks from three states plus a bonus carnevil. Some of the parks we visited included Oaks, Enchanted Forest, Wild Waves, and Silverwood.
Our journey today begins with Laura's home park, Oaks Amusement Park. Oaks is located in Portland along the Willamette River in a scenic setting that also offers year round roller skating. All day admission on this Saturday was only $14.75, and while the park doesn't have the biggest, tallest, fastest coaster on the planet, it does offer a selection of rides that kept a smile on our face.
Welcome to Oaks Amusment Park, this would be the main entrance.
Good thing they are not racist against non-Scandinavians. Even though Laura is one.
New for this year is their mini-golf course overlooking the river. Nice setting.
And here we have the almost gay kiddie coaster!
This was running very well on Saturday. On Tuesday, not so much. Apparently the ride operator has the freedom to control the swinging motions, Tuesday night was LAME! (Yes, we had soooo much fun, we returned on Tuesday for two for one night!)
Laura experienced a "Big" adventure inside this dark ride.
Yay for Lopping Thunder! A custom made Italian thingy.
The ride vehicle.
It's a VERY active ride! At first, I thought the sign said no cats allowed...
The onride photo, we are both very excited for an active ride!
Weeeeeee. Watchout for the top of that first hill, ouch!
Wait, the Ferris wheel was POPULAR? Missed that...
This Rock and Roll did not have us rocking nor rolling, very tame
The ride op's keep slowing the ride down, saying "HANDS DOWN"
or "FACE FORWARD"
This is the new style tilt
Not as forceful as the old style, but still a gives you a decent spin
Part of the Scandanavian festival, they liked to play with sticks and balls
This is a kick ass scrambler, the Mega Dick-O in the background, not so much.
So much force, so much banging, so many G's, it was one of the best ran I've been on in some time.
WTF?!?!?!?! The ride op is reading the operators manual????
I made sure Laura read and understood the rules of my, I mean, the rides.
Next we head to their classic Carousel
I tried to take a picture of us, but my pole was in the way.
aww, adjusted my pole.
Laura liked her rooster.
The carousel also had various connector plates like these.
In case you were wondering about the full pricing and what the ticket booth looks like.
Creepy shooting attraction.
We both experienced a massive eruption.
Rock-O-Plane. Holly crap that's an insane ride!
Next we hit up the most awesome bumper cars ever!
Yup, we passed inspection.
The cars are super fast, some of the best I've ever been on
These were some seriously creepy pissed off looking cars!
They even have a storyline to follow along the wall.
Part of the midway
And finally, we took a look around at the roller skating rink, included with admission, skate rental extra. The Organ and pipes were awesome. We understand it is played every Sunday and Thursday.
Look!!! We found a ducky!!!
We had the most funtastic time ever at Oaks! Thanks Oaks!
Am I supposed to comment on the length of your pole? Not gonna touch that!
You could put together a tribute to wildly run old school flat rides. I'm looking forward to video of that Rock o Plane and super-fast Scrambler. And the bumper cars, those look like they could be the real deal. DO NOT underestimate the time you'll need for Knoebels. That place is right up your alley, a treasure trove of classic flats run right.
So after a funtastic day at Oaks, we headed for a little credit whoring at the Tigard Balloon Festival. Those of you who read Laura's trip report, "Laura finds a Starflyer" will recognize that the rides are mostly the same. Why? Well duh, it's the same midway operator!
Being that as it is, we won't bore you with all of the rides. Actually, we only had like 45 minutes before the festival closed, plus we listened for a bit to Johnny Limbo. The balloons had glowed and left and so were the crowds, thus the rides were all walk on.
On a side note, I must say Laura knows more about parks, rides, and carnivals than anyone I know. If it wasn't for her knowledge, I would have missed a credit!
And now you get to witness me whoring out the Tiger Express.
After a 15 minute walk from the parking area over the river and thru the woods, we didn't end up and Grandma's house, but ended up on the midway!
Yay!!! This ride was blazzing fast!
I'm pretty sure the carny knew I was only there to get the credit, so he only spun me around like three time, but that's fine, we had more important things to ride...
Like the Zipper! This was a crazy ride, we laughed so hard on it, flipping and turning, it was great! The carney saw my TPR shirt and was like what's your favorite coaster, so I made something up. Told him we'd be back for the fair in Sept and much to our surprise he was like, I'll be there running the Zipper so be sure to stop by...lol
Next we hit up this Super Orbiter, and man, what a wild intense ride! Wished it lasted longer, but we learned they had to cut down on the ride cycle as after every cycle someone would lose their load. Not cool. And once again, they were asking about TPR, how cool was that?
Over at the inverter, a photography class was mezmerized at the ride and were snapping away like crazy. The ride itself is also crazy.
The festival was winding down so we headed off to the band that was playing.
And we found Johnny Limbo.
He sounded pretty darn good for an old guy!
So that's it, a brief stop off at this community festival. Time for some rest as we hit the road early in the morning for three parks!
After swearing at my cell phone for the alarm not going off when set to and fussing with a parks website for tickets, I finally made it to pick Laura up about 45 minutes later than our planned 6am departure on June 26th. But, me having a lead foot assisted in making up a good portion of that time, time we would eventually lose at Riverfront park due to the National 3 on 3 basketball tournament that closed practically every downtown street. Too bad I didn't get pictures of that, but honestly, we were more concerned about getting our credit and getting gone to our third park of the day.
We started off by heading to Country Mercantile, a new credit for both of us. Unfortunately, upon arrival we found out the coaster was not in operation. Nonetheless this place was neat with a deli, candy counter, and tons of jams, jellies, and other deliciousness. Had I not been afraid that the jars would've broken on the plane home, I would have stocked up.
Disappointed that the coaster was not running we left and headed to Riverfront park to ride my first ring carousel and a powered kiddie credit that hauled the mail. So, off we go to Riverfront!
Here we are on the Oregon Trail! Laura told me the rest stops had free cookies, so naturally we had to stop and take advantage of. What we both didn't know is that we would catch up on our history as well!
Here, we learned about my culture.
Then we learned about death.
After our history lesson, I had to take in the scenic views. I know, most of you were probably expecting a picture of Laura, but those scenic views can't be posted here ;)
Sooo pretty. I'm ready to pack the uhaul, oh hell, it would cost me more to rent a truck than what my stuff is worth, I will sell it all and fly up. I LOVE the weather.
But, it's time to hit the trail.
And arrive at Country Mercantile. Where, we found the coaster to be closed.
So we both felt like doing something that would violate ACE's code of ethics, but this sign reminded us not to.
So it was on to Riverfront!
After finding a place to park amungst the madness of the 3 on 3 basketball tourny, which was easily the biggest thing this town has going each year, we made our way to the parks mascot, the goat. This is no ordinary goat, it will eat your trash. Unfortunatley, he was full and didn't care to eat anymore.
Our first ride was one of the most anticipated of the trip, the Ring Carousel! This thing was AWESOME!
The detail was amazing.
I even managed to use the wind resistance to my advantage to correctly position my cock ring in the hole! Twice!
As you can see, Laura was excited!
After a turn on the carousel, we made our way to the other amusements passing by the Amelia Earhart tribute.
And the ferris wheel which apparently requires a hard hat to operate.
The itsy bitsy spider
ACEr's must sit on the outside
Sit on the OUTSIDE!!!
This would be a Tilt.
An old school tilt, my fav!
Just in case you didn't know what it was or who made it.
And now to the credit attraction of the day!
Wacth out, the dragon will give you some tounge!
What a sexy tail Laura has!
"Hey, what are you two whores doing riding a kiddie coaster?"
And how about an on course photo. This thing packed a punch! Fun place, I would hit it again. But for now, Silverwood is on the brain!
Bring on Corkscrew! I rode it in it's first year, after waiting through an endless shuffle of people. I was nine at the time. Mom encouraged me to go, but sat on the sidelines with dad. They didn't trust their own necks to a coaster that goes upside down. Send the kid!
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