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  2. Robin

    California here we come again

    Just a quick note before we left we had 4 inches of snow. It was so nice to see green trees, grass, flowers and, plants. I forgot to mention that when we got back to the RV park the fireworks were going off and you get a great view of them from there. What a great way to end the day.
  3. Robin

    Ceci n'est pas une Trip Report

    Thanks for the report!
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  5. h2odivers...Ray

    Knoebels in Pa.

    You know I’ll take you up on that. The Nickle Plate, at the golf course, is we’re i saw alcohol on the menu.
  6. dblr....Rennie

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Kennywwod is a great park as well, we usually visit there every few years, they have a new coaster plus a whole new section this year.
  7. dblr....Rennie

    Knoebels in Pa.

    If you ever make it out you have to let us know we could be your personal tour guide. Yes on Dole Whip but think the only place for beer would be the golf course, which they also own. We have done both but mostly kids got the wrist bands we did tickets.
  8. Amazing storm story! Glad to hear the Lake Patrol was concerned with your safety and came to your rescue. Disney gets major points in storm safety for the training of the Lake Patrol in your situation. It is truly incredible how fast these storms can blow up and catch everyone by surprise.
  9. ftwildernessguy

    Knoebels in Pa.

    The haunted house is a classic must do. Another great amusement park in PA is Kennywood
  10. bhall

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Knoebels is the best amusement park on the planet, but that's just my sentimentality telling you that. It is the first amusement park I ever visited and campground I ever camped at at the tender age of 4 months in 1976. My mom's family (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins) would camp up there every year for a week around Labor Day and we would go up and visit them during the weekend. I've been to Kneobels every year of my life now with the exception of 2002. We go up at least 2-3 times a year although my wife and I haven't camped at the adjacent campground because I find it too cramped to get the camper in there. Instead, we have camped at their other campground called Lake Glory and we found one called J&D campground 1 mile north of the park. I'm amazed every time we go and how many familiar faces we see in staff members year after year. Most of all I remember "Bumper Car Jack". He ran the bumper cars from the time I was just tall enough to drive myself until a few years ago. There are many other familiar faces like the lady who collects tickets on the long train ride (you can take your dog on it). I also literally ran into Dick Knoebels as little snot nosed kid. I was racing my cousins to the bumper cars and looking back to see where they were when I ran into him and fell down on the stones. He picked me up, dusted me off and told me "no need to rush, the bumper cars aren't going anywhere" and tussled my hair. I wish Dick many more healthy and prosperous years.
  11. bhall

    Knoebels in Pa.

    You can do both but there are some restrictions for the all day pass on some rides and some weekend exclusions too. I don't think the all day pass covers the roller coasters or the Haunted House though and you need to buy an additional pass for that. They sell $20 worth of tickets in books. You can purchase from Weis Markets (A Grocery Store chain that started near Knoebels) for $16 a voucher for a $20 book. https://www.weismarkets.com/amusement-park-tickets 3 years ago I bought 10 vouchers for $160 and got $200 worth of tickets. I used the last of them up last year on their last October. Yes, the tickets are non-expiring.
  12. ftwildernessguy

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Being old farts, my wife and I pay per ride
  13. h2odivers...Ray

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Had to google it. Looks like an awesome place. Plus they have beer and dole whips. Just curious but do you buy the all day pass or simply pay for each ride you want to ride?
  14. fladogfan  aka Gretchen

    Ceci n'est pas une Trip Report

    Thanks for sharing your very busy day at MK. I'm tired just reading along.
  15. That explains the origin of the famous ghost pontoon boat seen on Bay Lake in the early morning fog
  16. We once rented a pontoon boat at the Contemporary marina with a cast member's assurance that we had plenty of time before the storm would affect us. Boy was he mistaken, storms converged from 3 directions over Bay Lake and we were trying to return to our dock at top pontoon boat speed before the heavens opened up, when the Lake Patrol pulled up alongside and directed us to climb into their much faster boat - not an easy feat with toddlers in tow. My four year old, however, was ecstatic because that was the boat he wanted us to rent in the first place. As we disembarked at the Contemporary dock, and ran for cover the cast member at the dock chased us yelling, "where's my boat?" My DH paused long enough to explain that the Lake Patrol instructed us to abandon it. It was quite an adventure.
  17. dblr....Rennie

    Knoebels in Pa.

    I agree, the wife & I run a rv rally for Forest River there plus my wife won't let us miss the Covered Bridge Festival in October.....at least not yet.
  18. ftwildernessguy

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Knoebels is a great park. Free parking and admission.
  19. dblr....Rennie

    Knoebels in Pa.

    Just wanted to share a news segment sent to us by a friend, it is about a small amusement park in Pa that if you are ever in the area a stop there will be worth your time. It is a old family run park that caters to the family atmosphere. Camping is also available one campground next to the park with just electric, fill water on arrival dump when leaving and another campground near by with full hook ups and a shuttle if needed. https://wnep.com/2019/05/15/catching-up-with-dick-knoebel/
  20. That's surprising considering all of the weather gear they have to look for lightning and approaching storms. One thing I didn't see last time we visited, (maybe I just missed it or it's been gone forever) was the rotating radar antenna on the top of the Contemporary. They used to utilize it to keep track of the boats on the lakes and I thought weather also.
  21. It was really impressive how quickly Disney's clean up crew came in after the storm. They were picking up the large branches blocking the loop roads, walking thru the woods clearing all the fallen branches and when necessary trimming broken branches in trees. Within a few hours you would have never known there was a storm. However, a boat crew member did tell us they got caught in the middle of Bay Lake as the storm moved in quicker than anticipated. They docked at The Lodge rather than continuing on to The Fort. Good move.
  22. dblr....Rennie

    Routes for trip to Boston area in May

    Ok hope your trip goes well today
  23. I wondered what all the electric company trucks were doing on Turkey Lake RD. I had noticed at least one of the power poles leaning towards Turkey Lake RD. just waiting for a good wind to go down. Of course there was a back up on I-4 of looky-loos and the trucks weren't even on 4.
  24. keith_h

    Routes for trip to Boston area in May

    I've driven the I-95 side a couple of times between Philadelphia and Washington DC without a trailer. This is why I figured I'd try the New Jersey side. I have an EZ Pass. I picked it up due to all of the toll roads and bridges in states north of DC. I had forgotten about the tunnels thanks for bringing it up as again since I've never towed through that area it is not something I would have thought about.
  25. And this is what we get when kids that never played outside, grow into adults. They never learned to deal with wildlife! At least they are harmless. I've been in a swarm that size of biting flies in Kansas once. That was painful.
  26. Disney FB pages have been exploding with posts about the annual Love Bug invasion. People are freaking out that they are all over the place, even in the parks, and OMG landing on people. Not sure if the posts are just herd mentality or the posters have never been in FL this time of year. There were some interesting photos posted, one was of a ME Bus that was completely covered on the front, another meme showed this But this article takes the invasion to new heights! Burn Florida to the ground https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/05/14/burn-florida-to-the-ground?utm_source=featurefollow&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature Follow the link to a video Photos via Dana Hayes Erickson/Facebook You took it too far this time, Florida. It's one thing for lovebugs to smash relentlessly onto our car windshields during their harmless mating season. Floridians are used to that. We don't even complain anymore when we accidentally inhale a horny couple. But this video posted by Dana Hayes Erickson shows an egregious attack. The Sarasota resident was fishing with her husband and friends on a boat off Lido Key Beach when they were swarmed by a biblical-sized orgy of lovebugs in the middle of the ocean, WFTS Tampa Bay reports. The terror in the video, which has over 2 million views, is obvious. "We gotta get the hell out of here. We're taken over by bugs," a woman says. "This is fxxxxxx up." "Look at that," another woman says, pointing to the seats crawling with interlocking black insects and letting out a cathartic scream as more of the randy turds have sex in her hat. "They were everywhere," Erickson later told Bay News 9. "In the cabin of the boat. They were in our seats, under the seat mats, in our towels, in our shoes. Everywhere. My bathing suit." Erickson told the TV station that they fled the lovebug attack at 40 miles an hour but that wasn't enough to get them off the boat. Two hours of power-washing finally cleaned off the gross corpses. The only trace left of those lovebugs is this disturbing video, which we will never be able to unsee. "So what's worse?" we asked Erickson. "Love bugs on your car or on you and your boat during a fishing trip?""It is definitely worse on a boat," Erickson responded. "You're protected in your car, not so much on a boat."
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