Takes me back to my teen days. I rode the wooden coaster at Omaha
with TWO girls. Such a shaking and rattling it made. I was
petrified, having never seen a roller coaster before. The second ride
was free, but there were few takers.
I've been on one wooden roller coaster and it scared the crap out of
me. I rode it with a girlfriend so I had to pretend to be all brave
and try to laugh it off, but I don't think I was too successful.
Well with all the shaking, rattling and noise of the wooden coasters,
it's no wonder some people don't like them. The smoothness of the
metal coasters was like a walk in the park compared to the wooden
ones. It's been at least 35 years since I've been on any kind of park
ride though, so I don't know how current coasters measure up.
Love to se this kind of creativity for the young people.
It brings back so many memories also.
Like building forts, model airplanes, rockets, skate boards, you name it and
we built it.
A sand box with water in it, kept us occupied, and filthy for hours....
Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, electric trains, and many more for indoor
Once I was involved with making a robot.....
Another time we were stringing wires from house to house for our own morris
It goes on and on....
Good for the parents who allowed such a great project in the back yard...
"Leon" wrote in message
Ahhh forts. Every year after Christmas and before school started back
up we kids would gather all the discarded Christmas Trees and drag them
to "the woods". The woods was a vacant 3 acre lot behind our house. We
would dig huge holes next to a tree and build a te-pee around the hole
and tree with the Christmas trees. It was a really cool place to hang
out, 6 kids in the hole was a bit crowded however.
One winter, we had the perfect snowball type snow. Compacted and stuck
together with just the right water content. It was a big snow, around a
foot and a half.
We went into the back yard and compacted the snow by stepping into it, then
moving over a few inches and repeating , many times. Packed down, the snow
was perhaps 6 inches thick. Then took snow shovels and cut blocks out of
the compacted snow, and proceeded to make a real igloo, about 10 feet across
and 5 foot high, completely closed at top with a vent for smoke, and a real
ached entryway. Built a small fire in it and hung out, It was really cool,
and it occupied us for a week or better until it thawed. I scoff at some of
the survival show when they attempt to build snow structures.
I might have to try that one day... but I'll probably carve out a
compacted mound I make with the tractor. Same fun, just bigger toys. :-)
They're guessing a winter storm might be coming our way this weekend, but
from the description I don't think they know for sure. I suppose I
should get my snow handling stuff in gear.
Back in th early '60s, as a young teen, we built an igloo over 15
feet in diameter and over 6 feet high in our back yard where it lasted
for several weeks untill some neighbouhood brats ran up it and fell
in. It was built on top of about 3 feet of well packed snow, which we
dug out in the center to make "bunks" down each side. We used a few
candles to warm it up inside - which softened/melted the interior
surface, which then froze hard and icy.
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