^Goodness gracious, I have 200 to upload to facebook, then I'll start cranking out the trip reports here. It was a weekend full of ups and downs (and that's not even a roller coaster joke!), but it was still tons of fun. And Skyrush was ridiculous. But rest assured, it shouldn't be long!
Who is ready for my multi-part, action-packed, credit whoring Memorial Day Weekend trip report? You are?? Fantastic! Here's Part 1!!
Ok so in all of my credit whoring days, I've done some crazy stuff in the name of riding kiddie coasters. Last year I did a 2+ hour round trip for a Wildcat in the middle of nowhere Maryland, 9 parks in one day down the Jersey Shore for 22 new credits, did a trip to Williamsburg solely to get the Go Karts Plus credit, among other wacky things.
BUT! Nothing I have done could compare to the epic, amazing, hilarious, awe-inspiring trip Jen and I had to Deadwood. This place was discovered by TPR member carolinacaniac a few years back, and considering I went to college maybe an hour from this place, I was always bummed I never made it out there. Well, I bum out no more! Deadwood is this charming little restaurant/FEC type place in the middle of NOWHERE in eastern North Carolina (although basically everywhere in that part of the state is in the middle of nowhere). They have a train ride, a mini golf course, an interesting carousel, an ice cream shop, a full service restaurant, and the reason we made the 200 mile round trip from my parents' house on the water, a kiddie coaster!
Most of what I have to say will be in captions, so without further ado, here you go!
Our trip has brought us to Ed's Grocery Road in Williamston, NC. We turned onto this road off of Prison Camp Road, so obviously the people of Williamston know how to name their roads.
As you can see, we're in a bustling metropolis. We had to fight hours of rush hour traffic to get here. And by rush hour traffic, I mean slow drivers on a two-lane highway with no passing zones.
Here we are! Rejoice!
The glorious entrance to this establishment.
We were beating off the crowds with a stick to get in.
Perimeter fence? Seems legit.
This little building had some ride parts strewn about in it, I think it might have been some type of teacup ride they wanted to build. Either way, it wasn't open for us that day.
The entire town of Williamston came out to Deadwood today!
I can barely contain my excitement for what lies ahead!
"I have a big head, and little arms!"
This coaster probably has more theming than most rides at Cedar Point (not that I really care about that sorta thing, just saying).
This is the lonely, corner-dwelling dinosaur. I will call him Emosaurus.
The landscaping, the theming, the airtime hill! Joygasm!
Unfortunately, we won't get to see the Trial of Jack McCall today. :(
Inside the park now, we seem to have found a lake of Smurf jizz.
Wooden geese? Seems legit.
What you don't see in this picture are the dozens of Smurfs at the top of the hill jizzing into the stream.
In case you need to buy general things.
This is how directions are given out in Williamston.
"How do I get to _______?"
"DID YOU NOT SEE THE DIRECTION SIGN AT DEADWOOD?!?!?!"
And you know, the last thing I thought before getting out of the car was, "Gee willakers, how on Earth do I get to El Paso, and how far is it from here?" True story.
Train enthusiasts rejoice!
Deadwood Express, baby!
Rumor has it Iron Horses 1-46 weren't very reliable, but they finally got it right with #47!
This was our trusty train operator. He told us before boarding that we would see things we had never seen before. Little did we know.........
Watch the POV, you do not want to miss this!
After surviving the aliens, Indians, and eyeballs, OH MY, we needed some cash. Too bad the only bank was a fake one.
Coin operated carousel? Seems legit.
As you can see, the log flume wasn't quite ready for operation last weekend. However, they are holding out hope that it will be ready by Father's Day....................2016. Either way, there's a good chance it'll be open before Flying Turns.
Looks like I'm too tall. Good thing we're in a place like Deadwood, where all your dreams come true!
Ok, my previous record for laps on a kiddie coaster was 9, which was set at Steel Pier last spring. I never thought it would be topped, until..........
WATCH THE POV!
Ten epic laps later, we have survived the Badlands!
In most Old West films I watch, there's always a random charcoal grill somewhere in the town.
As I said before, Deadwood also has a mini golf course, which would turn out to be one of the most............."interesting" mini golf courses I've ever played.
For theming, we have an overturned bench.
Jen likes to dwell in dark, dank places.
Cement frog? Seems legit.
Water tower. Rumor has it, this water tower supplies the whole town of Williamston with only slightly contaminated water. True story.
This statue watches over this hole with an eagle eye. Badadum.
What a brave man, taking on those aliens again!
Ok, time for dinner.
Marinated ribeye, tasty! Not as good as Outback's ribeyes, but that's a tough standard.
This critter was above our table. No, I'm not kidding.
Any idea whose shirt this is?
After a horrifying train ride, a record-setting kiddie coaster ride, a harrowing mini golf game, and a delicious meal with Rocky the Squirrel watching out over us, this place absolutely gets the coveted Skycoastin' Steve Stamp of Approval!
Thanks for reading, now leave comments, and only positive ones!
That is a decent looking little FEC, too bad it's in the middle of freaking no where. I've never been one to go too far out of the way for a kiddie coaster credit but more power to you if that's what your into. Pretty decent looking steak, especially for an amusement park/FEC.
Awesome pics! I would travel for a coaster like that - as long there are other parks along the way hehe
I may not know everything about coasters... what I do know is they are my life... Coaster Count: 324 Favorite Steel: Maverick - CP Favorite Wooden: Iron Rattler - SFFT TPR Trips: Northeast 2011, LeviaTHON 2012
Hilltopper39 wrote:Pretty decent looking steak, especially for an amusement park/FEC.
I think Deadwood is the favorite "local" restaurant to a 50 mile radius (not like there is much else to choose from). There was definitely a nice crowd of families and couples out for dinner. And the food is decently priced and not bad. The whole experience was...well, interesting and hilarious.
And I was THIS close to winning our putt-putt match. One stupid hole ruined it for me!
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