Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Happy 120th Birthday, Conneaut Lake Park!
A magnificent carousel, teeming with beautifully-appointed steeds, greeted us with a pipe organ "ta-da"! The center portion of the ride boasts hand-painted images of the park's history. If you look closely, you can see the Kaylee Belle, the park's lake excursion boat.
And then there's the Devils Den. Back in 2009, this sinister harpy greeted you to the dank depths of this classic dark ride.
In 2010, we visited the park, only to have it be closed due to the weather. However, that didn't hinder the special event going on at the Beach Club: the team from T.V.'s "Paranormal State" were there to lead folks through the haunted Hotel Conneaut.
Now, I can't really "do" coasters, but I can thrill to the rarest of rare rides when I need to. And I NEEDED to ride the Tumble Bug, one of only three in existence. It makes me gleeful.
We set aside some time to take in the schnazzy new mini golf. Heavens to Betsy, I actually won. I never win at mini golf, but the putt putt gods were with me that day.
Simply put, Conneaut Lake Park holds its history dearly. And I raise a glass (juice soda at this very moment, perhaps something stronger later this evening) to its continuation. Conneaut Lake Park is a place that matters.