When my kids were younger, I always tried to identify what their “passion” was at any given time — and then pursue that passion with them. Help them really live it.
So when my son Eric was 13, his passion was clearly roller coasters. Especially wooden coasters – and the older the better. So I set out to try to ride with him as many old classic wooden coasters as we could around the mid-Atlantic area.
The most memorable day amidst all these outings to ride the great ones involved a coaster that we did not even ride — we couldn’t because it had been long shut down.
But the thrill was in trying to find this abandoned small amusement park in a little village in Pennsylvania and then “getting in” and exploring this “ghost amusement park”. Incredibly, ALL the rides were still there, intact – horses on the carousel, tickets at the ticket stands, bumper cars all askew, etc — just like people had been there the night before and then been instantly taken away.
The highlight for Eric was the coaster – called Red Streaker – because the little red coaster was sitting right there in the station, just like it was ready to take off (see picture above). Eric climbed the first hill — a bit dangerous in hindsight, but such a thrill for him.
It was a magical day that will always stand out vividly in our memory (my 37 year old Eric just had a good time reliving this day with me as I was writing this post).
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