After a couple of days of long drives and sightseeing, today we finally got to let our hair down and visit the Rollercoaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point!
With predictions of thunderstorms and scattered showers, we put on our best brave faces and headed to the theme park. It was so much fun to head out as a group and go on a few rollercoasters together such as The Gatekeeper and Wicked Twister. The sun was shining and as I was getting badly sunburnt (classic move not applying sun cream Sarah), I thought for a split second ‘wow it actually might not rain…’
Boy, in a few hours’ time was I wrong! After splitting off into little groups for a while, we all met back up to tackle some water rides – Thunder Rapids and Snake River Falls. As we all got onto Snake River Falls and were ready to set off, it suddenly started pouring down with rain. Yep, we were about to go on a water ride and get absolutely soaked by not only the ride itself but also by the thunderstorm! All we could do in that moment was laugh as the ride attendant had already pressed the ‘go’ button. Needless to say, we all got very wet!
snake river falls
Once we got off the ride, we sought shelter and got chatting to some of the theme park staff who were amazed by our English accents. After what seemed like forever waiting for the rain to stop, it finally did. A few of us wanted to try Millennium Force, the world’s only steel rollercoaster but due to the thunderstorm it had closed. We all decided to wait for 20 minutes to see if it would open up again, but after being super-soaked and with the fear of flooded tents beginning to set in, we decided to call it a day and head back to camp.
When we arrived back at camp, we saw that some of the group’s tents had flooded. At that point we wanted to get cabins but Steve was adamant that we could cope. To top off the flooded tents the rain had picked up again, and another thunderstorm was brewing. To add a further blow, me, Matty and Marc still had to cook. So there we were, cooking in a thunderstorm in ankle deep water getting bitten by mosquitos. What had started out as such a fun-filled day had brought the whole group to a major low point. That night a few members of the group went bowling, but deciding to call it a day, I went to bed… only to find out that my sleeping bag was locked up in the trailer and Steve had gone bowling with the other guys...
Words could not describe our luck that day… but hey, it could have been worse, I could have been sick on the rides like Aussie Dave…
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(Image one credit to Bobbi, rest from Google Images)