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Since my 35th high school reunion was scheduled for two days in late August in mid-western Pennsylvania, I decided to make it into a 20 day vacation--'cause why wouldn't I?

Click on any thumbnail to take you to a larger picture with caption. Each picture has next/previous links to take you through the entire vacation. Cheers, Sam


Day One - Thu 8/15/13 - Laundry and packing at home


Day Two - Fri 8/16/13 - Fly to St. Louis (via Phoenix), visit the City Museum

View of the roof from afar - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri<br>Formerly a ten-story shoe factory, now an interactive art project. Walk through the whale to get to the caves - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Various ways to climb to the next floor and slide back - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Some of the original machinery for the shoe factory - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Art project made from electic meter glass - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri A room filled with insect collections - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Architecture stones and pieces from various buildings - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Antique doorknob collection - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Antique doorknob collection - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Two huge brass propellers - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Medical glassware collection - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri I didn't pay the extra charge to go on the roof but snuck up for a quick picture - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Well done climbing surfaces made out of huge steel - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri I made it down the slide on the left but could not get my fat butt to the slide near the right - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri One of two planes you can climb to and through - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Though I made it through this plane, I didn't try climing through the vertical tunnel to go higher - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri View of the other plane - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Climbing structures for kids and adults - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri After climing up this I eventually got stuck trying to get to a slide and had to backtrack - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri I did make it down this slide - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri A view of one of the outdoor slides that I could reach - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Climbing structure that started life as an old steam shovel - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Another slide I could get to - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri And another tracked excavator made into a climbing area - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri One of the steel tube tunnels I didn't crawl through - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri More climbing areas - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Welded iron chain for steps - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Selfie!!!! - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Huge water tank that fills and dumps - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Nice squid mosaic in the caves - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri One of the ten story chutes used to drop shoes from the tenth floor to the basement - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Every part of the museum is made from other objects - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Three of the shoe chutes, one is now a 10 story human slide - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Covered in sweat, I made it to the top and rode the 10 story slide down - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Cool theater pipe organ - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Cool theater pipe organ - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Even the bike rack is a work of art - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Final view as I walked away from the museum - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Final view as I walked away from the museum - City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
 

Day Three - Sat 8/17/13 - Go to Six Flags St. Louis - eight coasters ridden

My good friend Sylvester greeted me when I got to Six Flags St. Louis My third Batman, The Ride is a cool inverted (chairlift coaster) - Six Flags St. Louis Batman, The Ride is a cool inverted (chairlift coaster) - Six Flags St. Louis Batman, The Ride is a cool inverted (chairlift coaster) - Six Flags St. Louis Ninja, the 195th coaster I've ridden - Six Flags St. Louis Ninja is a cool sit down looping, corkscrewing coaster - Six Flags St. Louis The 196th coaster I've ridden, a family sit down coaster - Six Flags St. Louis Well done old mine theme on this steel coaster - Six Flags St. Louis The sixth Boomerang coaster I've ridden, the 197th coaster on my list - Six Flags St. Louis Sometime called the Boomerang Coast to Coaster, these coasters are all over the place - Six Flags St. Louis Wooden out-and-back  coaster, the 198th coaster on my list - Six Flags St. Louis This one wasn't too rough but I don't handle wooden coasters well - Six Flags St. Louis The second Pandemonium, this steel spinning coaster is the 199th coaster I've ridden - Six Flags St. Louis Formerly call the Tony Hawk, each car looks like a skateboard - Six Flags St. Louis The Boss is a wooden twister coaster, my 200th coaster!!! Woo Hoo - Six Flags St. Louis This one absolutely kicked my butt - Six Flags St. Louis Selfie on the carousel - Six Flags St. Louis And a photo someone else took for me on my gray steed - Six Flags St. Louis My 201st coaster!!!! - Six Flags St. Louis A steel shuttle coaster, has only one train that goes forward and backwards through the station - Six Flags St. Louis I rode the train at most parks but only took a picture of this one - Six Flags St. Louis
 

Day Four - Sun 8/18/13 - Drive to Gurnee (north of Chicago), visit the Volo Auto Museum on the way

Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois where they have lots of TV & movie replica cars, as well as many cool cars for sale. The Bat Cycle - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Ferrari, I think - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Lambroghini, I think - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois For sale sign on this cool Bay-window bus - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Cool 1957 Chevy Sedan Delivery wagon for sale - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Large military collection here - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Replica of 1970 Dodge Charger from the Fast and the Furious - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois General Lee replica - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois One of two amazing Chevy Nomads, neither was for sale (like I could afford one anyway) - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Bevery Hillbillies truck replica - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Ecto 1 from the Ghostbusters - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Christine! - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Back to the Future DeLorean - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Dragula from the Munsters Go Home movie - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Munsters Coach from the TV show and movie - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois 1966 TV Batmobile - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois 1966 TV Batmobile - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois 1966 TV Batmobile - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois I desperately want this restored <a href='http://www.volocars.com/1932-twin-coach-bread-truck--c-3532.htm#sthash.62LLSehO.dpbs'>1932 bread truck</a>, only $24,000 too! - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Someone's rendition of the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Either an early replica or a movie-used Herbie, The Love Bug - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois Nice Vanagon Westfalia camper - Volo Auto Museum, Volo, Illinois
 

Day Five - Mon 8/19/13 - Go to Six Flags Great America - eight coasters ridden

My dear friend Taz welcomes me to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois They had four of the cubes of busted cell phones at the park.  Coolest thing ever! - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois My first Superman Ultimate Flight, I got kicked off one in Atlanta two years ago when<br>it started raining (sigh).  Sam's 202nd coaster - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Called a flying coaster, I've ridden only eight of these so far (out of 11 that exist in North America) - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois One of the best flying coasters I've ridden - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois An indoor <i>mouse</i> coaster, the 203rd coaster I've ridden - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Cool spinning <i>mouse</i> coaster - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois The 204th coaster I've ridden - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois My fourth I've ridden 32 of these <i>inverted</i> coasters - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Always a cool site seeing a coaster go up the lift hill - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois An inverted <i>shuttle</i> coaster, the 206th coaster on my <i>conquered</i> list - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Shuttle coasters are drawn from the station up a hill then released where they go through<br>the station both forward and backwards - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Cool little steel coaster, my 207th - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Considered a <i>bobsled</i> coaster, folks sit one in front of the other - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Here it goes up the lift hill - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois My 208th coaster - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Cool floorless sit down coaster - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois Number 209 on my list! - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois A winged coster, riders sit on the outside of the track - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois You can just see the train coming through the radar tower sideways.  How cool is that!!! - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois
 

Day Six - Tue 8/20/13 - Drive to Sandusky, visit RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame and old Pennsylvania friend on the way

Another of my loves, vintage motorhomes and camper trailers - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana A pair of early canned ham trailers - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana The very first motorhome from Fleetwood - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana A 1920s camping trailer - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana And a 1920s car camper - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana One of the very earliest motorhomes - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana Late 50s Shasta, very similar to my 1960 Siesta though mine is a mess - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana One of the first pop-up tent trailers, a 1955 Ranger.  I almost bought one of these in 2006 - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana The Serro Scotty is one of my favorites - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana An early teardrop, possibly home-made - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana This wacky trailer has a upper sleeping area reached by ladder - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana Speaking of wacky, this motorhome is very cool - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana A precursor to the Airstream, this had a single door at the back - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana Motorhome made out of a Cadillac - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana I almost bought one of these too, a 197? GMC Motorhome - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana And I have one of these, a 1940s Kitt Teardop. Alas, mine was trash and is now disassembled down to the chassis - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana I've seen the full-size version of the teardrop on the right, the 1/2 Nelson made by Rollie Nelson - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana A view from the second level balcony - RV/Motornome Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana Headed to a nice Amish restaurant to meet a friend I hadn't seen in 26 years - Elkhart, Indiana Priscilla used to live in the same trailer park we lived in outside of Erie, PA She works as an adjunct University professor in Elkhart, Indiana
 

Days Seven & Eight - Wed-Thu 8/21-22/13 - Go to Cedar Point - 14 coasters ridden

My old friends from the Peanuts gang welcomed me to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio,<br>voted Best Amusement Park in the World for sixteen straight years! Though invited to join them I chose to sit out the Chicken Dance with Charlie and his friends - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Coaster number 210 for Sam! That's beautiful Lake Erie behind the sign - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Another winged coaster, this one has the tallest inversion in the world (you're upside-down 170 above the ground) - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Voted Best Steel Coaster in the World for three years running, I've been hoping to ride this coaster for 13 years!<br>Happy to have ridden it five times over two days and add it to my database as the 211th coaster I've ever ridden - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio At 310 feet tall, this is the 6th tallest coaster in the world (also the 7th fastest and 5th longest) - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Right on the edge of the pennisula that juts out into Lake Erie - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Only waited 10 years to ride this one, my 212th coaster ever - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio At 420 feet tall and 120 mph, this was the tallest, fastest coaster in the world from 2003-2005.<br>Tallest and fastest I had ever ridden (for a week...), I got to ride it four times - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio This was one of the first coasters to break the 200 foot mark back in 1989 - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Coaster number 213 for Sam - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio They let me ride this kiddie coaster even though I'm a fat old man. Woo Hoo! - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio This one was the tallest and longest wooden coaster in the world when built in 1991, I'd ridden this one before.- Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Probably the last large wooden twister I'll ever ride, it straight kicked my a**; felt like I was going to die - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio<br>Note: prior to riding this one, I rode a coaster called Gemini but apparently overwrote the pictures (sigh) I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Nice little mine car steel coaster - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio There are only five suspended coasters in North America and I've ridden three of them - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio There are ten operating stand-up coasters in North America and I've ridden eight of them - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Corkscrew - I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Built in 1976, this was one of the earliest coasters to go upside-down - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio An out-and-back wooden coaster that didn't beat me up too badly - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio I'd ridden this one before so it didn't add to my list - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Inverted coasters are really, really cool - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Coaster number 214 from Sam - Had the longest line of any coaster at the park - no other picture, sorry - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio Coolest park ever, 14 coasters, and 16.5 miles walked on my first day there - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
 

Day Nine - Fri 8/23/13 - Drive to St. Marys Pennsylvania, go to laundromat, attend 35th reunion Kegger!


Day Ten - Sat 8/24/13 - Visit friends, attend St. Marys Area High School Class of '78 reunion Dinner & Dance

Members of the SMAHS Class of 1978 who attended the reunion dinner - St. Mary, Pennsylvania
 

Day Eleven - Sun 8/25/13 - Drive to Vaughn, Ontario, visit Niagara Falls Canada on the way

Coolest place on Earth, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada I am always in awe when I stand here, just a few feet from the mighty power - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Always going to the Candian side, I haven't been on the American side since childhood - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada View of both falls from near the horseshoe falls - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Sam among the tens of thousands of visitors that day - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The water is crystal clear as it goes over - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Had to cinch down my hat so it didn't disappear into the Niagara River - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada One of the two Maid of the Mist tourist boats - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada View from further down the street - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada View of the American Falls and the Rainbow Bridge - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada It's hard NOT to take pictures every few feet - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada A building on the Canadian side by the river - roof is completely covered in sod - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The boats get pretty close - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada On the lower right is the observation platform near the base of the falls - was there once in sixth grade - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The full Horseshoe Falls - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The American Falls and its wooden observation deck on the right - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The sod-roofed building from a few pics back is on the right - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Lots of casinos and hotels have popped up on both side since my last visit in the 1980s - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The Skylon Tower has been there as long as I remember - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Maid of the Mist Landing on the Canadian side - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The longest shot I took as I didn't walk further - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Long shot of the Canadian Falls - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Clifton Hill is the touristy of tourist traps! - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Clifton Hill is the touristy of tourist traps! - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Clifton Hill is the touristy of tourist traps! - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Selfie before I walked back towards my car - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
 

Day Twelve - Mon 8/26/13 - Go to Canada's Wonderland - 14 coasters ridden

Walked through the rain to meet up with my pal Snoopy - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada As always, I had my hat and rain poncho, and today, my jacket and umbrella as well - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada 215th coaster Sam has ridden - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada At 306 feet tall, this is the 7th tallest coaster in the world (and the 8th fastest) - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Sam's 216th, a steel corkscrew/looping coaster - sorry, no other picture - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Hung out near the man-made mountain and waterfall while the rides were closed due to lightning - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Nice dancing fountains in the center of the park as well - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada The weather cleared up enough for the divers to leap off the falls - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Number 217 on Sam's list of coasters he's ridden - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Ignoring my own advice, I again rode a large wooden twister and it again kicked my a**<br>NEVER AGAIN! And I mean it this time! (probably) - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada The Bat is called the Boomerang at Six Flags and is popular--I've ridden six others just like this - Number 218 - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada 219 coasters so far! - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada This coaster runs through the man-made mountain - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada The ride is so short, they actually run you twice - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada I've reached 220 coasters with this one - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Most inverted coasters are four across, this one is only two - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Waiting for the front seat on these coasters is often worth it - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Coaster #221 on Sam's list - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Interesting flying coaster, complete with plexiglass vomit shields! - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada You go up a corkscrew on this one - I rode this same coaster at Elitch Gardens in Denver - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada This one looks like more fun that it is--it's really a pretty rough ride - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Coaster #222! - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada This coaster is very well done, I rode it twice in a row - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Number 223 for Sam - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Originally branded as the Italian Job Stunt Track, you ride in a train of three Mini Coopers - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Coaster number 224! - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada The second of three stand-up coasters I rode on this trip - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Milestone! Sam has ridden 225 coasters with this one - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada An inverted coaster sized for the younger crowd, still loads of fun - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Number 226 on Sam's list - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada A kid-sized wooden coaster, this one was tolerable - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Coaster number 227! - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Individual four-seat brightly colored cars on this one - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada A standard <i>mouse</i> coaster, these are all over the place - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Last coaster I rode here, number 228 on my list - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada The lift takes you through the peaks of the man-made mountain - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Third of three suspended coasters which are quite rare - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada Walked 12.8 miles to ride the 14 coasters I rode here - I could have gone more - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughn, Ontario, Canada
 

Day Thirteen - Tue 8/27/13 - Drive to Levittown Pennsylvania, meet up with brother & sister-in-law


Day Fourteen - Wed 8/28/13 - Go to Six Flags Great Adventure then drive to Glen Rock, PA - 10 coasters ridden

Virtual Tweety met me, my brother Tony and his wife Sharon when we arrived at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey Not only a great coaster park, this is a wild animal park as well! - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey White Rhinos! - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey One of a small herd of elephants present - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey A mother ostrich taking a break from warming her eggs - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey And one of those! - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Too tall to ride the coasters I'm afraid - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey A herd of psychedelic horses! - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Feeding time for the giraffes - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey An ancient tortoise - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Mama bear with cub - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey And a cub up a tree... - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey ...while his sister stays in the house - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey A mob of kangaroos - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Cool emu - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey And a white tiger - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey And on to the coasters! - Coaster #229 - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Rode this and most other coasters today in the rain - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Coaster 230, it was a great one - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Floorless coaster with seven inversions--as many as any other coaster in North America - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Coaster 231 on my list was this cool flying coaster - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey My second of this coaster on this trip - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey The 232nd coaster I've ever ridden - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey My third stand-up coaster on this trip - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey My 233rd coaster - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey My third Batman, the Ride coaster on this trip, fifth ever - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Number 234 on my list, my second of this coaster on the trip - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Coaster number 235 was an excellent coaster with lots of air time - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Rode it twice in a row, which knocked my brother for a loop - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Nice kiddie coaster for my 236th on the list - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey This one knocked my brother out of the coaster game for hours - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey An indoor dark coaster was my 237th coaster ever - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Pretty fun but my knees hit the front of the car - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey Picture of the happy riders - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey The tallest coaster in the world was in the clouds and closed most of the day - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey But it started running an hour before the park closed - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey 456 feet tall and 128 mph, my 238th and last coaster of the trip - Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey
 

Days Fifteen-Seventeen - Thu-Sat 8/29-31/13 - Drive to Statesville, North Carolina and hang with my family

Niece Caitlin, brother Tony & nephew-in-law-to-be Pat - Statesville, North Carolina Sister Peggy, sister-in-law Sharon, & niece Nicole - Statesville, North Carolina Sister Mary, Tony, & Pat - Statesville, North Carolina Niece Caitlin & great-nephew Braiden - Statesville, North Carolina The Cancilla siblings - Statesville, North Carolina Tony with Dad's WWII hat and a picture of him wearing it - Statesville, North Carolina Oldest to youngest (and shortest to tallest) - how come I'm the one with the most gray hair? - Statesville, North Carolina Sam and Peggy - Statesville, North Carolina The whole gang including brother-in-law Curt - It was so good to see you all! - Statesville, North Carolina
 

Day Eighteen - Sun 9/1/13 - Drive to Nashville, pack my suitcase for flight home


Day Nineteen - Mon 9/2/13 - Drive to St. Louis in time to fly back to Albuquerque (via Dallas), unpack


Day Twenty - Tue 9/3/13 - Do laundry, grocery shop, rest up to go back to work (sigh)

Home again, with some of the souveniers from my trip.
 

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