Capitol and Coasters

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
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Trip End Feb 14, 2011


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I visited New Jersey's capitol building in Trenton today.  Touring the building was only possible as part of a guided tour, so I was asked to wait under the rotunda for the next tour to depart.  It turned out that the next tour to depart was comprised of a fourth grade class.  Less than ideal, but such is life.  Because of the age group, the tour guide spent a good deal of time talking about the basic principles, functions, and parts of the government (bills, laws, house, senate, etc).  She threw in some interesting trivia about the building and the state's history as well, which I was interested in, but I spent the rest of the time wandering around whatever area we were currently in and taking photographs.  The tour ended up lasting about an hour and a half; after which, I went to check out the New Jersey History Museum next door.  Disappointingly, the museum was undergoing renovations and the cultural history exhibits were not currently on display. 

Whether or not Trenton had much more to offer, I cannot say.  I left it behind me as I drove north to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.  This particular Six Flags is home to some of the country's most popular roller coasters, and I didn't want to miss the chance to visit the park.  The most famous coaster in the park is Kingda Ka.  This coaster is a one minute ride that begins by propelling trains from a hydraulic launcher from 0-128mph in 3 seconds.  This speed will carry the passenger cars 456 feet straight into the air before curving over the top and rocketing back down to the ground and back up over one last 129 foot "camel hump."  Until this year it was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world.  I don't know which coaster currently holds the record; I only read that Kingda Ka is no longer holds the titles.  The park also had a number of other great coasters including El Toro.  It is one of the highest rated wooden roller coasters in the country, and from bumpy experiences with a lot of wooden coasters, I would have to say it's the smoothest one I've ever been on, and one of my favorites in the park.  Another great one was the Great American Scream Machine.  It's one of the oldest steel coasters in the park and had literally no line whatsoever.  I decided to take advantage of that fact and rode it once in the front car, and when it stopped, hopped out and ran directly to the rear of the train.  Two younger boys were sitting in the last car and said they'd already been around the track five times without budging from their seats.  They decided to go once more before moving on.  Once again going to the park before peak season paid off well, and I was able to ride in the front car of every coaster in the park before leaving.  The longest wait was probably about fifteen to twenty minutes and that was for Kingda Ka.

After leaving the park I drove north to Brunswick, NJ before stopping for the night.

 
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