Saturday, January 20, 2007

"All good things are wild, and free." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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This Week's Theme: WILD!

This week's theme was a tough one compared to last week's "technology" theme as - truth be told - I am just NOT a wild woman! I'm not sure if I've ever been wild when you get right down to it though I did get in my fair share of mischief when I was in high school! Ah but those are stories for another day!

My interpretation for this week's "wild" theme is the Cyclone Rollercoaster on the boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. Compared to the new super-steel rollercoasters that are all the rage at most amusement parks these days, this old wooden coaster probably looks pretty tame but don't let it fool you!

The Cyclone debuted on June 26th, 1927 and the ride was so intense that it made Charles Lindbergh say that, "A ride on the Cyclone is greater than flying an airplane at top speed." In 1969, the Cyclone was condemned by the City of New York but made a completely refurbished return on July 3rd, 1975 pulling in a record $125,000 its first weekend.

I first rode the Cyclone in 1977 when my friend Carol and I took a subway ride out to Coney Island during one of our frequent visits to New York City. We were both rollercoaster enthusiasts and to say that the ride was great! would not be doing it justice!

This past summer when I took this picture, I was able to ride the Cyclone again (bad back be damned!) and it was just as I remembered it - one heck of a wild ride with lots of airtime and screams. My youngest daughter Jamie and our friend Paula took the ride with me and they both loved it, too.

As for Henry David Thoreau's quote he's wrong about one thing - the Cyclone is definitely wild but it's not free. You'll pay $6.00 for one minute and fifty seconds of screaming terror but if you want to stay on and "go around again!" it's only $4.00. Trust me, it's well worth every penny!

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  1. Very cool! That rollercoaster certainly looks like a wild ride! There's a huge wooden coaster at "La Ronde" in Montreal, and you're right - although these wooden coasters don't look as impressive as the modern steel ones, they still give you a wild ride! Great choice.

    Have a good weekend. :)

  2. That does look like one wild ride! I love the Thoreau quote. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Anonymous6:23 AM EST

    Yeh baby!! now thats what I call wild !!! wwwweeeeeeeeeeee

  4. Anonymous6:24 AM EST

    Years ago I would have had a blast on that but one day in my early 30's I decided...I had better

    Great photo for the theme.

    Take care,
    My photo is up.

  5. I'd never dare ride any roller coaster.. Not in this lifetime, way too scary and too wild for me.. Great take on the theme. have a great weekend!

  6. Anonymous6:43 AM EST

    I so want to ride that one....

  7. Anonymous6:45 AM EST

    That sure looks wild too me! In fact a little bit too wild, both for my back and for my min. I'm afraid of height so it would be difficult :-)

    Looks like a awesome rollercoster anyway! I can hear the screaming...

  8. That looks like a wild ride. :) Great photo!

  9. one of the "wildest" photos i have seen so far!! great post...bee

  10. I am scared this days to ride those WILD things. I used to but I get nauseous....I guess, the wild in me has tamed.

    Nice photo for this week's theme. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. I love rollercoasters....and that one looks like a great one!!

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  12. Space mountain, Disney Land, rollercoaster in the dark, way too cool. I also rode a wooden one years ago at an amusement park near Salem VA. or Bristol Tenn, not sure.

  13. This IS wild!!

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    Happy Saturday.

  14. Oh my gosh! I'm a roller coaster fanatic - and the old wooden ones are my FAVORITES!!! GREAT idea for todays theme! LOVE it!

  15. Wow ! I am getting already sick looking at the picture ! I have been only one time on such a thing and I can tell you never ever again ! I came out of there with trembling legs ! We also have one in Brussels, but only in August there is a fair.

  16. I think it fits rather well. A good post for this weeks hunt.

  17. Anonymous9:41 AM EST

    What a great idea!

    Here's my photo

  18. Anonymous9:52 AM EST

    Those are indeed too wild for me!! Great choice for the theme! Thanks for visiting!

  19. how fun and wild that looks!! love it! take care and have a great weekend :)

  20. Great, great picture for this theme! I don't ride those~chicken heart. Have a great weekend.

  21. Wow that looks scary to me! *shivering* I'm terrified to ride rollercoasters! (Yes I'm a wimp lol)

    That does look like one WILD ride...

    I hear there are many wooden-roller coaster enthusiasts and I'm sure they'd love it.

    Great take on the theme!! Mine's up!

  22. Many years ago...when I was in my teens, we had a ride simuliar to this and it was called the Wild Mouse! I DONT DO RIDES LIKE THESE! LOL..THANKS for visiting my photo hunt today!

  23. I LOVE rollercoasters and try never to pass up a chance to ride one. Knott's Berry Farm in California built one of these old-fashioned wooden ones and it's the wildest, most exciting one I've ever been on.

  24. What an awesome picture!!

  25. I have never been to Coney Island. I guess the wildest roller coaster I was ever on was Rock'n Roller Coaster at MGM Studios at Disney World.

  26. I'm not one to be WILD enough to ride on roller coasters so you're very brave in my book! Thanks for the background info on it, too :)

  27. Take a ride on the wild side! lol Looks like an awesome roller coaster ride. :) Enjoy your weekend!

  28. Anonymous12:17 PM EST

    I had trouble with this theme too but I agree with you that roller coasters fit the "wild" description very well. I am a huge roller coaster fan but haven't been on one in quite a while! That one looks like a lot of fun.

  29. Anonymous12:36 PM EST

    Awesome picture, and background story. Wonderful.

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  31. Anonymous1:26 PM EST

    I have been on that ride... not literally; but figuratively!

  32. Anonymous1:33 PM EST

    That is wild, but fun too.

  33. What a great entry! My first and last rollercoaster ride was on the wooden Texas Cyclone in Houston. My dad made me go on it, and apologized to me after it was over. Roller coasters are too wild for me. LOL

  34. I bet that is a wild ride. The creaking and squeaking of the wooden coasters is sometimes as scary as the dangling in those new fangled ones.
    Thanks for the visit.

  35. Get your seat-belts fastened! I wanna have a wild ride =)

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  36. Great pick for the hunt! I love rollercoasters!

  37. Anonymous3:42 PM EST

    Great shot! I was always thought the wooden coasters were scarier, I mean you just have that bar on your lap holding you in! wild for sure. Happy Hunting :)

  38. Now that looks and sounds like a fun experience. If you ever get a chance to go out towards the mid-west stop over to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. I have seen for myself what wild rides they have.

    Happy Hunting

  39. I used to be able to handle those rides, not anymore.

  40. Anonymous5:44 PM EST

    That makes my stomach queasy just looking at all the ups and downs and sideways...

    Great picture :)

  41. Wow that is one wild rollercoaster. I'm not so much of a fan these days - of course my kids love them and thankfully hubby still has the stomach for them. Great post.

  42. I'm a big scaredy-cat!

    Thanks for stopping by mine :)

  43. Anonymous7:49 PM EST

    Wow, a rollercoaster. I can't do rollarcoasters as I always feel sick on them. It's cool looking though!

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  44. That looks like a wild and fun time to me. Probably not for my wife!

  45. Wow, what a great rollercoaster!

  46. Oh my husband LOVES rollercoasters and would love to take a tour of the U.S. just riding different rollercoasters.

  47. Anonymous12:12 AM EST

    Totally awesome coaster!!!!

  48. Anonymous1:06 AM EST

    You couldn't pay me to get on that! LOL!

  49. it's gotta be a wild ride for someone. ;-) thanks for visiting.

  50. Wow! That rollercoaster does look wild! I wish I had gotten to NYC and ridden it in my younger days (I am forever banned from roller coasters now due to detached retinas.)

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