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Roller Coaster Rides

One of the neat features of posting to the blog instead of sending the iv's by email is that I can include pictures or even have an almost totally pictorial iv. The way I used to have to send the iv's by email was text only, so pictures were an impossibility.

Today's iv is a series of pictures I received this weekend of one of the roller coasters at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. I grew up about 50 miles from Cedar Point, and going there at least once each summer was just a given in our family. The place has grown and changed immensely since the days of my youth, but it's always been known for roller coasters. I haven't been to Cedar Point in about 10 years, but when I went there last, I loved their roller coaster called the Magnum. As much as I love roller coasters, from the pictures below, I don't know if this grandpa's heart could take the kind of ride delivered by this roller coaster that debuted at Cedar Point in 2003 - the amusement park's 16th roller coaster!

Though it has since been succeeded in 2005 by Kingda Ka in New Jersey as the highest and fastest roller coaster, with an at-that-time record-breaking height of 420 feet and record-breaking speed of 120 mph, Top Thrill Dragster delivers on its promise of thrilling riders at Cedar Point. The last picture in the series below says it all.

Top Thrill Dragster - shot 1

Top Thrill Dragster - shot 2

Top Thrill Dragster - shot 3

Top Thrill Dragster - shot 4

Top Thrill Dragster - shot 5

As promised, this final picture says it all....

picture of that says it all

It's not for certain that that picture is actually of someone who had just been on Top Thrill Dragster, but I'm not sure it's not authentic either. That's what I would probably look like if I rode this roller coaster!


After the roller coaster our daughter and son-in-law have been on for the past few weeks, we are delighted that Drew was able to go home this afternoon - without even a monitor on him! Grandma and I got to hear him cry on the phone tonight. What a blessing! He goes to see his pediatrician Tuesday morning, and Megan goes to see her doctor Wednesday morning. Her 6-week check-up is already scheduled - it will be two days before her original due date! We are praising the Lord for so many direct answers to prayer! We hope that the roller coaster we've all been on for the past several weeks has finally pulled into the station.

Below is a picture of Drew without tubes!

picture of no tubes!

Below is a picture of Drew in his car seat during a trial run at the hospital the other day...

picture of Drew in his carseat


"Can you honestly look at the emptiness of our culture and say 'that's what I want for my life.'?" - Rev. Rick Cross

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9 Comments on “Roller Coaster Rides”

  1. #1 Leslie
    on Mar 26th, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    I have been on this roller coaster and it is awesome!! The worst part is at the beginning. It is like you are at the starting line of a drag race . You see the countdown of the lights and everything and the whole time you are dreading what will happen, but that is the whole experience and thrill of the ride!! Sometimes the car does not get enough momentum so it may not go over the top, but that is a common occurrence so you don’t have to worry if that happens 😉 I never experienced that, but I did see it happen a few times. If you ever get to go to Cedar Point this coaster is a must!!!

  2. #2 Sherry
    on Mar 27th, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Awwww…Drew is so cute! Congratulations again! 🙂

  3. #3 B.J.
    on Mar 27th, 2007 at 9:49 am

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me! I like coasters okay, but you had better be paying me a LOT of money if you think I’m going on THAT thing!

    I felt queasy just looking at the pictures!

  4. #4 Megan Dooley
    on Mar 27th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I want to go. We live in Cincinnati – now I want to take my children to Cedar Point. Thanks for tempting me.

    If you ever drive through Cincinnati again, our doors are always open for good friends and great professors!

  5. #5 E.C.A.G.
    on Mar 27th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Oh, my stars! I love rollar coasters, but not enough to ride THAT monstrosity!!!!!!

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Mar 27th, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I went to CP as a teen, and enjoyed it (even though my locker keys fell out of my shirt pocket on the Corkscrew. . .), but that one doesn’t even tempt me!

  7. #7 Bob
    on Apr 6th, 2007 at 7:12 am

    I LOVE IT! That roller coaster looks like a BLAST! I’m an adrenaline junkie…now I’ll have to try that one out! Sweet action! Thanks!

  8. #8 Shiro
    on Apr 13th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    I have seen the Kingda Ka in person, and it’s not pretty either. My group at the time actually wanted us all to go on that thing. I dreaded our arrival to Six Flags, because I knew I just would not be able to say no to them. Going on a roller coaster is not evil, and so I had no principle to back me up but cowardice. You can imagine my praises to God when we discovered it was undergoing some final tests and still closed to the public. After seeing your pictures of this “smaller” roller coaster, I am even more eternally grateful it was closed. I may be young, but I think that even I would get a heart attack on that thing!

  9. #9 tom
    on Jan 18th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    if i was ever to go on any kind of roller coaster that means going up side down or high, i will never enter the queue for them. i hate going up side down and i am terrified (not spelt that right i think) heights but i just hate them too. i am ok with fast rides like rite queen of speed which is based in the uk but anything else i hate! drew is so cute by the way.