coasters

Rock n Roller 16: Home of the Blues

As I headed south through Tennessee I had my sights set on a little town called Memphis, you know the one–the home of the blues, Graceland, bar-b-que and the largest Bass Pro Shop in the world that is built like a pyramid. Let that sink in for a second. America in all of our consumerism glory thinks it okay to …

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ACE Profile: Michele Forto

Occupation: Paralegal, Entrepreneur, Student Residence: Willow, Alaska. A lovely wooded little hamlet that has the most spectacular views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) ACE Region: Northwest Track Record (Since 2015) Wood: 80 Steel: 206 Total: 286 Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: Lightning Rod at Dollywood Most sought after coaster to get to: Space Mountain at Walt Disney World What …

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ACE Profile: Robert Forto

Occupation: Dog Musher Residence: Willow, Alaska. We are about an hour and a half north of Anchorage and at least a five hour flight to anywhere ACE Region: Northwest Track Record (Since 2015): Wood: 87 Steel: 231 Total: 318 Most difficult coaster to add to your track record: Mind Blower at Fun Spot Most sought after coaster to get to: Mystic Timbers at Kings Island What …

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Rock n Roller 16: Family Time and Storm Chaser

Michele is back in Alaska and I am on my own for almost a week. I have a soft deadline to keep. I have to be at the airport in Austin Texas on Friday to pick her up and one of the service dogs we are delivering, Rags, to his owner in San Antonio. Today I would be back in …

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Rock n Roller 16: Michele Leaves and Holiday World

I dropped Michele off at O’Hare early in the morning. I was surprised how easy it was to get in and out of one the busiest airports in the country. Aside from being cut off a few times by taxis and frazzled moms dropping off their Jos. A Banks suit-decked husbands traveling to conventions in Des Moines to hawk their …

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Rock n Roller 16: The Moon and Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America is in Northwest Chicago, closer to Wisconsin than Michigan Avenue. We headed out early for the almost hour drive to the park. It was very busy as we entered the parking lot. We had a bit of an issue to deal with before we entered the park. Michele had lost, rather actually mailed out, her Six …

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Rock n Roller 16: Kings Island

Kings Island was the first big coaster park I went to as a kid. It was way back in 1979 or so and I went with my aunt Diana and my dad. I was only 8 but I was so pumped to ride the rides. When we went back today, and Michele for the first time, it was like I …

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Rock n Roller 16: Family and Carter Caves

We woke up early and headed back to Huntington to meet with my cousin Susan at a Starbucks before we would drive across town to the nursing home to see my grandma and grandpa Scott. The first thing I remarked to Michele was that this part of Huntington sure has changed since I was here last. This section of town …

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Rock n Roller 16: Growing up and Camden Park

Our drive through the state of West Virginia started off in some of the hardest rain I have ever driven. As we worked our way southeast from Pittsburgh and onward to Charleston the rolling hills of Appalachia were beautiful. I was born in this state. A state that is famous for its coal mining and odd shape state that looks …

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Rock n Roller 16: Dorney Park and Kennywood

It was just a couple hour drive from New Jersey to our next stop on the tour, Dorney Park. This park was part of the Cedar Faire family along with Cedar Point and a later park on the tour, Kings Island so it was added late in the planning stages when we decided to get a season pass. Remember, when …

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