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  • Birthday 01/08/1975
  1. There are usually two carnivals at Nolensville Pike and Old Hickory - the beginning of May and the end of August. I think that the first is usually done by Dickson Carnival Company and the second is by Geren Rides - at least, that's how it's been in the past. The Cool Springs carnival is usually held around the end of May and can be seen in the mall parking lot from I-65. Franklin Main Street Festival is also at the beginning of May. 2011 was the first year that I had heard of it though, after being in Nashville for five years. I can shoot you a PM if I see that any are running, if you'd like.
  2. Next up: Favorites - none of which have been shared on TPR before. This is just a sampling of my personal favorites from my travels over the last couple years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Journey To Atlantis - SeaWorld Orlando (2008) Kraken - SeaWorld Orlando (2008) Kraken - SeaWorld Orlando (2008) Kraken - SeaWorld Orlando (2008) Freak Out - Cool Springs, TN Carnival (2009) Wild Mouse - Idlewild (2009) Round Up - Idlewild (2009) Fandango - Knoebels (2009) Sklooosh - Knoebels (2009) Coastline Plunge - Hersheypark (2009) Wildcat - Hersheypa
  3. Next up: Thrills - close-ups and action shots. Voyage - Holiday World (2007) Voyage - Holiday World (2007) Thunder Run - Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (2007) Georgia Cyclone - Six Flags Over Georgia (2007) Orbiter - Lake Winnepesaukah (2007) Maverick - Cedar Point (2007) Maverick - Cedar Point (2007) maXair - Cedar Point (2007) Steel Hawg - Indiana Beach (2008) Cyclops - Mt. Olumpus (2008) Avalanche - Timber Falls (2008) Swing Shot - Kennywood (2009) Thunderbolt - Kennywood (2009) Thunderbolt - Kennywood (2009) Jackrabbit - Kennywood (20
  4. Next up: Dusk & Night - as darkness sets in, many parks come alive. Top Thrill Dragster - Cedar Point (2007) Giant Wheel - Indiana Beach (2008) Water Swings - Indiana Beach (2008) Seattle Wheel - Williamson County, TN Fair (2008) Seattle Wheel - Williamson County, TN Fair (2008) Mega Drop - Williamson County, TN Fair (2008) Cyclops - Williamson County, TN Fair (2008) Sky Wheel - Tennessee State Fair (2008) Starship 3000 - Tennessee State Fair (2008) Windstorm - Old Town (2008) Thunderbolt - Kennywood (2009) Volcano - Kennywood (2009) Hurr
  5. Next up: Water - a collection of pics that feature fountains, waterfalls, lakes, etc. and focus on the more serene aspects of parks. Thunder River - Six Flags Over Georgia (2007) Pirate - Lake Winnepesaukah (2007) Shafer Queen - Indiana Beach (2008) Avalanche - Timber Falls (2008) Entrance - SeaWorld Orlando (2008) Phantom's Revenge - Kennywood (2009) Phantom's Revenge - Kennywood (2009) Phantom's Revenge - Kennywood (2009) Paddle Boats - Kennywood (2009) Fountain - Kennywood (2009) Fountain - Kennywood (2009) Fountain - Kennywood (2009) Old
  6. As 2011 nears an end, I realized that I haven't posted to TPR in a while (let me just say that things have been crazy). Now that things have seemed to settle down a bit and I wouldn't dream of posting old trip reports, I thought that I would share some of my favorite pics from my park visits, presented in themed categories. I hope you enjoy them! Happy (early) New Year! First up: Flowers & Foliage - a collection of flowery pics meant to show the more beautiful aspects of parks - proving, once again, that beauty can be found where you least expect it. Sky Ride - Cedar Point (2007)
  7. Here are a couple Great Escape images that you listed, Larry, as well as a Kennywood Raging Rapids sign pic. Keith
  8. Thanks for your replies and kudos!! To answer an earlier question: I actually use a Sony-Cybershot. I hope to upgrade to an SLR soon... I'm glad that you found Kennywood as beautiful and aspiring as I did!
  9. Part three (aka The End): Don't forget: there's even more Kennywood pics at www.ThemeParkUrge.com. Thanks for reading! And fireworks! But not before one last history lesson... Goodnight. The Windmill. And with that, I say: Bayern Kurve! For some reason, I love this shot. Maybe it's coz I actually know what I'm looking at. Most probably won't... Volcano! (with a different camera setting) Volcano! Musik Express! Even prettier at nite! Fountains, flowers, and the flag. A fountain! Yes, I kind of like fountains... Phantom's Revenge! Lost Kennywoo
  10. Part two: Oh yeah, here's Kennywood's Paratrooper, which they ran in hyper-out-of-control mode. Seriously, I've never seen a Paratrooper swing so much or rotate so fast! Stay tuned. Part three (aka The End) coming right up. And the final drop. Actually there was a girl in line in front of me teaching her young riding partner about double-downs, which I found to be very cool. And again. And here is that "big drop". This is the turnaround that precedes the "big drop". You actually pick up a good head-of-steam before reaching the tunnel. One cool aspect is that after l
  11. What better way to celebrate America's independence than head out to Kennywood?!? After all, it is a historical landmark... Thanks to TPR, I had a plan that would hopefully allow me to maximize the day, as I feared the potential for large crowds. The only other park I'd been to on the 4th of July was SFGAM years ago and it was a ghost town then. I was praying that my luck would be much of the same this year, but I planned according to maximum capacity and maximum thrills. Early on, the crowds were extremely light; allowing Phantom's Revenge, Exterminator, and Thunderbolt to be walk-ons
  12. This is the shot I entered. Just a simple shot of Storm Runner at Hershey. Photoshop or not?!?!?
  13. Since I probably won't get a chance to post my SeaWorld trip report until after the holidays, I wanted to share some Manta photos from my visit on 11.11.08. Although not construction photos per se, here are some of the highlights (of the first drop):
  14. Part three: Tennessee State Fair (nitetime). Again, if you want to see more photos from this fair click here: http://pics.themeparkurge.com/GalleryThumbnails.aspx?gallery=122462 Goodnite from Tennessee. The Carousel at nite provides me with a good ending to a long yet enjoyable day at the Tennessee State Fair. I don't know why, but I really wanted to take this pic & actually am satisfied with its results. Family Swings looks nice at nite. It'd look nicer if all the bulbs worked though. Orient Express heading up the lift. Giant Wheel all lit up. I love how this pic
  15. Part two: Tennessee State Fair (daytime). If you want to see more photos from this fair click here: http://pics.themeparkurge.com/GalleryThumbnails.aspx?gallery=122462 Oh! That looks "appetizing"... Stay tuned for the final installment: TN Fair at nite. Then I saw this: Beef Sundae. What the heck is a Beef Sundae?!? They had a Quit Smoking stand. God, how I love irony! (Check out the lady in pink.) Toon Town. A walk-though copyright infringement attraction. Raiders. Tornado. Spider. I was impressed/shocked that they had two coasters at the fair too. Among tons of
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