Hot hot hot. Why is it that when I go to an amusement park it is so HOT! I imagine it is all the concrete and so little green foliage to absorb the heat. This was my first trip to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. When I realized this, it surprised me because the park has been around for a long time, since the late 80's. It always seemed the second destination point after Kings Island, which is only another 45 minutes away from where I live.
I rode one ride, the giant Ferris Wheel. It was thrilling to be so high and look out over the park and get my bearings on where everything is situated. Other than that, we rode nothing. Not one singe roller coaster, not one single water ride, not one single yell till you think you are going to pass out ride! The Slingshot looked like the Mother of all rides too. Two people are strapped into a huge open ball and then virtually snapped up into the air much like a slingshot. Bungee Jumping in Reverse.
We hung out at the Wave Pool and beat the heat that way. My buddy from work, Ted, lost his Panama hat on the Ferris Wheel. It flew into the Wave Pool area. They were leaving the park as we were headed into the pool area. We volunteered to retrieve the hat. And we actually located the hat, upside down under a lawn chair. When I presented it to Ted yesterday he says, "That's not my hat!"....Oooooppppppsssssssssss!!!!
The amusement park is aptly named. Not only in reference to the rides and attractions, but for the people watching. What a slice of Americana parading around in 90 degree weather. It is fascinating and akin to gawking at a car accident. Children crying, children carrying on and acting up, frustrated parents, arguments erupting between overheated couples, lovers smooching, teenagers trying to maintain the appearance of coolness on the jerking, jarring rides. For me, that was the amusement.
That's when you know, that's when it smacks you in the head..."Oh my God!!! I'm over the Hill!!!" Also, I lost my 35mm. My small canon point and shoot. That totally bummed me out.