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California ( September 9-24, 2005)

Knott's Berry Farm

The happiest place on Earth

Knott's Berry Farm at Buena Park has a sleepy wild west theme, and indeed many of the buildings were moved from real ghost towns when the attraction was first built.

We would have welcomed getting splashed as we were seated in a concrete amphitheatre in the blazing afternoon sun.

The Wild West Stunt Show was, ahem, not up to the high calibre of what we had seen at the Waterworld show at Universal City.....

We saw this view from the Sky Cabin, a revolving platform that slowly rises to 225 feet.

After the park was taken over by Cedar Fair, L.P. in 1997, many extreme rollercoaster rides were built.

The Boomerang has three inversions and is 125 feet high.

On the Boomerang rollercoaster, you get to do the ride forwards, then backwards! The Sky Cabin in the background provides a neat relaxing way to view the park and surrounding suburbs.

The plunge is a 121 foot drop.

The Perilous Plunge was too scary looking for me to even contemplate trying.

At 118 feet high, it is one of the largest wooden rollercoasters in the world.

Steve tried the Ghost Rider twice, but it was quite rattly the second time and shook him around. Definitely not a ride for me.....

It wasn't as bad as I'd feared, once I relaxed into it.

I eventually plucked up the courage to try La Revolución, a giant arm that swung from side to side whilst spinning around.

Some children came off stunned or freezing, but most seemed to love the thrill of it.

The rollercoaster experiences over, we strolled around the rest of the park. Some children were getting drenched on the Rip Tide, a giant roller which dunked them in water, then tried to flick them off.

Turning my life around.....