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weeks after going to California Adventure, we were back again, this
time at Disneyland. Such an extravagant waste of time is quite
unlike us, but such was the nature of the Southern Californian
promotion (two for the price of one, must attend the second within 30
days of the first). Any rumors that we got 30 miles from home
before Keith realized he didn't have the tickets are just that...rumors.
same two kids who use to be totally afraid of roller coasters are now
adrenaline junkies. Unfortunately for them, three (Space
Mountain, Indiana Jones, and Thunder Mountain Railroad) of the four
Disney coasters are shut down. So one of the first rides we go on
is the fourth and only open coaster, the Matterhorn. Here Keith
breaks every well conceived rule about keeping hands inside the car to
get this angle shot of the boys enjoying the ride.
majority of coasters down, the Pirates of the Caribbean not living up
the movie, and the Haunted Mansion not impressing today's jaded youth,
we spent a lot of time on the old standby, Autopia. It's amazing
the pull these cars have on the pre-teen, pre-driver ages. Both
Brad and Doug would drive this ride all day if they could.
kids, quick! Turn around so I can get your picture with the approaching
train. Brad is still better with snap smiles than Doug.
it's back to Autopia! This time Brad and Doug switch parents.
turns to me and says, "Guess what I am, Dad." He then spins his
hat backwards, turns his right hand into a cell phone, and and talks
into it while distractedly steering with this left hand. "I'm me,
as a teenage driver!" He was kidding, I'm pretty sure.
turns out to be more realistic than perhaps its designers had planned
as Doug gets his first taste of California traffic jams. Note
Kristi's and Doug's body language: it's a hot day, uncomfortable to be
stuck in the sun breathing gas fumes. Like I said... more
realistic than planned....
|It is a
hot day. And spirits are starting to lag by late afternoon.
Keith's backpack is representing him in this picture.
can see by the background, it's pretty crowded for a Sunday in
March. There's nothing we want to ride on any more that doesn't
have an hour long line. So after a cooling, calming ride around
Tom Sawyer's island on the river boat, it's time time to call it a day
and head home.
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