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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:55 pm
by 805Andrew
I finally caught up on all your TRs, great job. SF is my favorite city I've been to in North America outside of NYC. I'm halfway between LA and SF and you can see why I pick SF over LA for most of my sports teams. The recent results in the World Series and Super Bowl drive my points further.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Ouch! :| This is why I made Scandia a priority in December. On the bright side, you have more time at superior parks.


I would normally criticize you for leaving Disneyland early to go to Scandia, but I knew they were rumored to close or least remove their Scandia Screamer since it got listed for sale last fall (I thought you were aware about this) so I give you a pass.

bert425 wrote:thanks for the report! Six Flags Mexico is one we're really love to visit, tho my Spouse is so wary about going to Mexico as an American Citizen (even tho Austin has direct flights now via Southwest Airlines).


Don't worry and just go. I just did a trip to Quintana Roo, Mexico with family at the beginning of January and felt totally safe the whole time I was there. We rented a car and drove everywhere and had a great time at beaches, snorkeling, and seeing ruins, and even went to an eco water park (Xel Ha was awesome). The infrastructure was good and the road signage was better than most US states. Mexico D.F. is a bit different and the traffic is probably horrible at times but it is listed as one of the safer places in Mexico to visit. I really want to visit Mexico DF after having a great trip to Q Roo and check out the sights, archeological ruins, the coasters and parks, and have more great food. Most people in Mexico are warm and friendly if you respect them and it goes a long way if you make an effort to try to speak some Spanish. Parts of the country are dangerous like Alcapulco and Guerrero but other parts are very safe as long as you don't do anything too stupid or make a complete ass of yourself. Not going to Mexico because hearing about bad things in certain places would be like a foreigner deciding not to visit the USA because of hearing about bad things in Baltimore, Detroit, or St. Louis. The customs process is easy FYI when entering Mexico and a lot more hectic when reentering the US.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:33 pm
by bert425
note, I live in Texas. . . and have for 47 years.

My Dad used to do every Summer, a drive down to Brownsville, we'd cross the border into Nuevo Leon, and then hop on a plane (paid for in pesos) for family vacations. So I'm actually really well traveled in Mexico (Guadalajara, Acapulco, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Cancun, Puerta Vallarta.. all multiple times) .. the spouse on the other hand? not so much.

the issue is that in Texas, we get a lot of the news about brutal crime going on in Mexico, and in particular around Mexico City.

so your point is taken, and note I agree with you (I'm trying to convince him to go), but I understand his concerns.
I brought it up over dinner tonight, and he completely shot me down.

I don't believe in being so scared of things that you let it impact your enjoyment of life - and i LOVED the museum in Mexico City, the Pyramids, and I've never been to SFMexico. . so I'm gonna keep working on him for the next several months :)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:55 pm
by PeoplemoverMatt
"Dash one upped Jesus. Jesus only walked on water. Dash ran on water." :lmao:

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:53 pm
by Canobie Coaster
805Andrew wrote:I finally caught up on all your TRs, great job. SF is my favorite city I've been to in North America outside of NYC. I'm halfway between LA and SF and you can see why I pick SF over LA for most of my sports teams. The recent results in the World Series and Super Bowl drive my points further.

I would normally criticize you for leaving Disneyland early to go to Scandia, but I knew they were rumored to close or least remove their Scandia Screamer since it got listed for sale last fall (I thought you were aware about this) so I give you a pass.


Thanks!

At least the LA teams have made it to the championship at least. ;) Although from what I saw in the few games where Jimmy G replaced Brady, he looks like the real deal and should make the 49ers a playoff team. But as far as a city to walk around, San Francisco is my absolute favorite. While I do like New York City, the streets are like Disneyland during a parade.

As for Scandia, PeoplemoverMatt was in disbelief I'd leave the happiest place on Earth for Scandia, but I don't regret my decision one bit considering the news that came out today. Screamer was well worth the excursion. Plus I've made quite a few trips to Disneyland at this point, so I could spare an hour to visit a park on the chopping block.

bert425 wrote:note, I live in Texas. . . and have for 47 years.

the issue is that in Texas, we get a lot of the news about brutal crime going on in Mexico, and in particular around Mexico City.

so your point is taken, and note I agree with you (I'm trying to convince him to go), but I understand his concerns.
I brought it up over dinner tonight, and he completely shot me down.

I don't believe in being so scared of things that you let it impact your enjoyment of life - and i LOVED the museum in Mexico City, the Pyramids, and I've never been to SFMexico. . so I'm gonna keep working on him for the next several months :)


US Mexico Map.JPG
Photo courtesy of the US Travel Department


Mexico City has some very bad neighborhoods, but there's almost no reason a tourist would ever go there. If you look at the map of Mexico, Mexico City is about as safe as Mexico gets. If you stick to exploration during daylight hours and to areas recommended by travel sites, I don't see you having any issues. But even the area I went to along the Gulf of California that was in the orange didn't have me feeling unsafe either.

PeoplemoverMatt wrote:"Dash one upped Jesus. Jesus only walked on water. Dash ran on water." :lmao:


Is it bad that when I reread this quote, I thought "Dash" was referring to Slinky Dog Dash? I mean, saying Slinky Dog was greater than Jesus is something I could totally see myself saying. As evidenced, Slinky Dog did just carry Tom Brady today.

Brady Slinky Dog.JPG
Photo courtesy of Julian Edelman's Instagram.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:17 pm
by 805Andrew
^ I saw that map too and almost posted a link of it. The yellow area is level 2 and the same level as most of Europe like UK, France, Spain, and Germany. I went to the part of Mexico (Yucatan peninsula) that looks like a thumb and is as far away from the red as possible. The only time I was a bit nervous while I was there was when we were driving back to Tulum, Quintana Roo at night after visiting Chichen Itza during the day and Valadolid, Yucatan for dinner and we went by three police checkpoints along the highways that weren't there during the day.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:55 pm
by Canobie Coaster
The only time I've been in a car at night in Mexico was in Cancun and Mexico City. Both were in heavily populated city areas. I imagine your checkpoint was in a less frequented area?

Also those ruins in Tulum are quite the sight. I saw them last year on a work trip.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:08 am
by bert425
LOL. . if I ever show my spouse that map, my chances of convincing him to go are over :P

he's way too cautious to go somewhere when it says "reconsider travel".. but I'm working on him!



(I did get him to go to the Ruins in Belize (which were SPECTACULAR), when we were on a cruise. . . and we also stopped on Cozumel and he was OK with that, as long as we stayed on official cruise group tours)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:31 am
by Canobie Coaster
I guess just focus on Mexico's beauty then. It really is a beautiful place.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:48 am
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:I guess just focus on Mexico's beauty then. It really is a beautiful place.


agreed :)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:43 am
by PKI Jizzman
Woah, what a different look with the 5 car train. Glad you were still able to get plenty of rides in even with the less than typical operations. Superman really intrigues me. I'll have to make a Mexico City long weekend trip here soon..

Great report!