Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thorpe Park

Last Weekend Shelley and I visited Thorpe Park with some of her friends from work. (Or, more accurately, I gate-crashed one of her work social events.)

I was not expecting to have a whole lot of fun, as I am rarely amused by amusement parks, and I don't usually mix well with rides, but this turned out to be a hoot.

The day got off to a poor start, with heavy rain falling for the first hour and a half. Having failed miserably in the umbrella-bringing department, we found ourselves in a cornered market for ponchos (long-time fans, first-time buyers). We could not justify buying two ponchos at 5 GBP a pop, so we decided to make-do with one. The result - a pantomime camel, which was actually a whole lot more fun (apart from having to co-ordinate our steps with military-styled chants).

Now, I have spent the better part of my life being scared of theme park rides; however, once I got over the sickening spectacle of the first ride (Saw), I don't think I closed my eyes for the rest of the day, which is saying a lot for this big girl.

The day took another turn for the worse when I decided to partake in KFC, donuts and coffee before jumping on a ride that just would not stop swinging me up and down in the air. Milk was a poor choice.

I really like these spinning-tube-on-river-rapid rides, because for some reason (perhaps it's because I am the chosen one) it's never me who gets wet. This time is was Dennis (pictured), who chose to sit in the seat that went under a waterfall in a darkened cavern.

Again, milk was a poor choice.


Helen | Pepperina Press said...

I am a big fan of your pantomime camel. I am NOT (repeat, not) a big fan of that rollercoaster. Any rollercoaster, really, but THAT one in particular.

julesandshell said...

I screamed so loud and continuously that my voice hurt for 2 days after.


Helen | Pepperina Press said...

I can't believe you even got on it in the first place. Did Jules get on it too? Did you use a pantomime-camel brain to make that decision?
The very existence of that rollercoaster disturbs me. A lot.

Dan said...

Jules, how come you got the real head. Was it hard negotiating or just first in?

julesandshell said...

I was initially being chivalrous and decided Julian's need was greater than mine. A mistake, I later found out.


Stac said...

Oh wow that rollercoaster looks cool! thorpe park eh? I wonder how many hours drive away it is from us...

Helen | Pepperina Press said...

"chivalrous: marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration especially to women"

What exactly are you suggesting, Shelley?

Shell said...

Especially is not the same thing as exclusively. And so I stand by my statement.