Earlier, I wrote briefly about my recent ‘battle’ with New Testament Greek grammar. Before I took this class, I promised my girls we would go to Magic Mountain after the class was done to celebrate. So, two days after Gladiator Greek was finished, I took my girls and two of their cousins to Magic Mountain.
Magic Mountain is a predominately roller coaster theme park located in Valencia, CA, a very handy five mile drive from our house. By all accounts, it has the most roller coasters out of any park in the world. Some of the rides are of the very extreme variety, so if you are into fast and down-right frightening thrill rides, then Magic Mountain is the place for you. Certainly, the roller coasters at Magic Mountain elicit superlatives, such as: fastest, tallest, biggest and freakiest.
We chose a good late afternoon/evening because even though the day was still warm (approx 100 degrees Fahrenheit), the local schools had just returned back from their summer break which meant that the park was not crowded and the lines were minimal. Having said that, I am a bit indifferent about very short lines as while I don’t like to wait an hour for a ride, the waiting allows an enforced break between rides.
The rides at Magic Mountain are classified by ‘thrill’, so we warmed up on a couple of the ‘moderate thrill’ rides before jumping on the ‘maximum thrill’ rides. We started on ‘Ninja’ before heading to ‘Colossus’ and ‘Goliath’, which features a 255 feet drop and several steep banking turns. Next was ‘Scream!’, a maximum-thrill ride which has seven inversions at a very fast pace. We then headed to the DC Comics area (my favorite comics brand as a kid, as I found Marvel just too far-reaching) and onto ‘Batman’ which had several steep banking turns and five inversions. Next was ‘Riddler’s Revenge’ which features six upside-down turns – but in the standing position.
All the time we were at the park, I checked on the health of the kids and encouraged them to let me know if they wanted to sit a ride out. While my concern for them was genuine, at this point of the day, it was also under the guise of my own self-preservation and dignity.
We then moved on to two of the easier paced rides, ‘Gold Rusher’ and ‘Jet Stream’, before ending the day with ‘Superman’ and ‘Tatsu’. ‘Superman’ was a very short ride but quite thrilling as we were suddenly thrust backwards over 100 miles per hour then up a height of 415 feet, and back down again. To get an idea, check out this video. All the kids were nervous about this ride, but enjoyed it immensely.
As we were driving to the park, my nephew Caleb was apprehensive and excited at the same time. He commented that the day at Magic Mountain was either going to be the best day of his life or the worst day of his life. In the end, it turned out to be close to one of his best days and I am glad that my girls could share the day with him and Erin. It was a fun day out, but very exhausting.