For visiting my site, that is. I know there aren't a whole lot of you out there, so I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by my site. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, maybe take a second to email me or fill out my survey and let me know. If you don't, go ahead and complain, it'll be fun.
While I do remember my very first coaster ride, an exciting trip on Thunder Mountain, when I was 7, I'll skip ahead to when my interest really started. After riding the Comet at The Great Escape, I thought these rides were something I might like to learn about. I got a roller coaster book for Christmas in 1994, and convinced my parents to take me to a few more amusement parks. I had only been on 4 up till then, and I knew I was missing out. We hit a couple "local" parks, Six Flags Great Adventure and Dorney Park, and I knew I was hooked. In 1996, I must have been really good, because my parents took me and a friend to Cedar Point for two days in the park.
After CP, there was no going back. A family vacation to California in 1997 gave me a chance to hit 4 parks out there. In 1998, I hit 5 new parks down the East Coast on the next vacation. I would break the 100 coaster mark around 5 years after I had only been on 4.
I did slow down a bit when I started school, all those years of mooching off parents for trips and vacations to amusement parks were over. I went to Georgia Tech, and Six Flags Over Georgia was pretty much the only game in town. I managed to eek out 5 new parks (in 4 countries) while studying abroad in France. Stops at Islands of Adventures, Carowinds, Wild Adventures, and Busch Gardens Tampa over the years have made it a bit more bearable.
I'm back in the working world armed with my masters. Even better, I'm now out in California, the wonderful bay area specifically. I like bringing my camera to a park because it slows me down. Instead of just rushing from ride to ride, it makes me take time to look around and see what sights a park has. I've been on 250 coasters at 46 parks, which I don't think is too shabby.
Anyway, thanks again for visiting, I hope you like a few pictures, and I certainly hope you get to ride some real soon...
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