12th Anniversary – AMA Races, Cedar Point, Kings Island & Cincinnati, OH

The Husband and I have been married for 12 years!  We’ve built a wonderful marriage, life and family together and I couldn’t imagine one second without him!

Mid-Ohio Buckeye Superbike Weekend

This was my first motorcycle race and I loved it!  We sat in a really good turn to watch because it was tricky.  We did see some wrecks (thankfully no one was badly injured) and we also had pit passes so we were able to get up close to the bikes and riders.  I hope we get to go again next year!

Kings Island

The Husband had been here before when he was still in school but I hadn’t until now.  I really enjoyed it!  It was a nice park, very clean and had some really nice roller coasters.

Favorite Coasters

Banshee – This was a great coaster but pulls serious G’s!  I was a little dizzy when it was finished!
The Beast – The BEST wooden coaster I have ever ridden!  Smooth, fun, fast!
Diamondback – Smooth, fast and tall!
The Racer – Great nostalgic wooden coaster!

Least Favorite

Vortex – This ride was old and frankly painful!  I had a terrible headache afterward.  I kept praying for it to be over.  Every loop, every hill, every turn hurt.
Flight of Fear – They were trying to compete with Disney’s Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster but it just wasn’t up to par.  At least it was indoor and air conditioned so that was a plus considering how hot we were.

Food

LaRossa’s Pizza – The food was okay at best.  Cheap on quality and high on price.  I was not a fan at all of their staff.  They were ridiculously slow and rude.

Cedar Point

I hadn’t been here since I was a senior in high school (May 2000).  I loved the rides but once again the lines were terrible.  The first time I rode Millennium Force it had just opened and I stood in line for four and a half hours.  This time I stood in line for three and a half.  That’s not a lot of difference and they’ve had time to figure out a solution.  It has been 14 years!  I didn’t feel the staff was able to control the crowd very well.  There were so many times that the roller coasters were really backed up but they weren’t running all cars and would send some cars without riders.  It was odd.  The Fast Pass Line is a joke too.  You have to pay extra ($30+) and the lines on it are still long.  Disney has perfected the Fast Pass thing.  Take lessons!

Favorite Coasters

Millennium Force
The Gatekeeper – Such an unbelievably smooth coaster!
Top Thrill Dragster – So fast I had trouble opening my eyes!

Least Favorite

Maverick – I didn’t like the restraint system.  When we would go into corkscrew turns my head would bang on the sides.
Magnum XL-200 – This ride felt very rickety.  The car we rode in (front as always) felt like it wasn’t attached well to the wheels.  Our whole car complained to the staff.

Favorite Food

Panda Express – We were pretty much starving to death waiting in line for Millennium Force and the smells of Panda Express were wafting our way since it is located just across the fence from where we were.  The service was good and the food was great!

Cincinnati, OH

Dewey’s Pizza – Caesar Salad & Spinach,  Sun Dried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza

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This was such a great pizza place!  The service was wonderful and so was the food!  We loved the topping selections for their pizza.  The actual restaurant was really nice too, just a really nice looking place.

Kenwood Theatre – This was a great theater!  We ended up watching a double: The Purge: Anarchy and Sex Tape.

Kenwood Mall – General shopping but some high end stores (at least compared to my local malls)

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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

 

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Roger Hayden

 

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Pits

 

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Roger Hayden & Cameron Beaubier

 

This was such a great trip!  I still have so much fun with the Husband.  It really is no different now than it was when we were 18 and had just met.  We can make anything fun and truly do enjoy spending time together.

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Creation Kingdom Zoo

We decided to take Rylan to the Creation Kingdom Zoo this weekend.  He seemed to really love it!  He was definitely interested in all of the animals!

http://www.creationkingdomzoo.com/

1642 Snowflake Rd.
Gate City, VA 24251

2760690-5450

It’s a wonderful little local zoo.  It’s clean, well taken care of with very friendly and knowledgeable staff and really awesome animals.  The way the zoo is set up you really get up close and personal with the animals.

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He rode the whole way on Daddy’s shoulders.

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He thought the monkeys were so funny!

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The leopard actually growled at us…  It was beautiful though!

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He was a little unsure of the Zebu and tried to hide behind Daddy’s leg.

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Still not sure…

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Yeah…okay, this isn’t so bad!

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The camel was such a sweetheart!

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Rylan loved it!

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Funny monkey!

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The Zebras were so pretty!

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What a sweet face.

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He loved the Lemur’s toes and petting it.  The Lemur was so tame and so sweet!

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Daddy and Rylan enjoying the shade.  They are my world.

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