You know, I’ve been thinking about this all weekend.
Why do people travel? The list of reasons is nearly endless. There are things as common as wanting to lie on a white sand beach and as obscure as visiting abandoned cities or taking pictures of rare spiders.
I mostly travel for purely conventional reasons: I love food, I adore music, and people fascinate me. I also love seeing places that are different than America (which is pretty much anywhere outside of America) so that I have the chance to learn how my country has and has not influenced the world. I love exploring and the thrill of finding myself in places that aren’t home.
And then there are the roller coasters.
The very first time I tried to ride a roller coaster, I chickened out and got out of line just as I neared the front. I was with a group of older friends for a birthday at Six Flag Magic Mountain and had queued for Colossus, which at the time was a very big wooden coaster. The group I was with didn’t hassle me about it, but that’s probably why I grew disgusted with myself for turning wuss and immediately jumped on the chance to ride an even MORE daring coaster (again, at the time), The Revolution. I was terrified, but after toughing it out I made it on the train and surprise, surprise!
Guess who became a roller coaster junkie?
A few years ago, I began watching POV roller coaster videos on YouTube. I don’t really remember why, but after having heard of the apparent “Roller Coaster Capital of the World“, I guess I must have felt some kind of an attraction to coasters again. There aren’t a ton of theme parks where I live, and that means some long trips if I get to jones in’ for a ride. And Cedar Point is nearly eight hours from here.
It was so awesome. Truly one of the best weekends of my life. As with my trip to Paris, I can still feel and see every moment of riding Millennium Force, which has to be the greatest roller coaster I’ve ever been on. In fact, I think I rode it at least half a dozen times in the two days I was at Cedar Point.
I heard a couple of weeks ago that the world’s tallest and fastest dive coaster is opening this spring at Canada’s Wonderland, a park outside Toronto owned by the same company that owns Cedar Point. Have you seen it? No? You really should, you know?
Now, in the midst of a year in which I’m trying to cram London, Mexico City and Acapulco, Madrid, Hong Kong, Thailand and a couple of trips to Los Angeles, I’m looking at squeezing in a couple of days to Toronto, too.
I cannot WAIT!
Hink is an aspiring traveler plotting global domination and looking for the funny.
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