Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wonderland/I Slayed Behemoth
Malcolm was in Toronto for some work these past few weeks so Hil and I thought we'd take the 2 hour jaunt north this morning and spend the day hanging with him before he heads back west.
So we got up early, hit Tim Horton's on the way to the highway, arrived in Toronto around 11, met Malcolm at his hotel and then headed to a coffee shop to plan the day out - which is were we decided that rather than catch a Jays game, window shop or just shoot the breeze, we were gonna go to Canada's Wonderland.
And dudes - let me tell you - it was a riot.
Best day ever.
We started things off with the Mighty Canadian Minebuster (Canada's "largest and longest wooden coaster") because we thought it might be best to start off "easy."
Let's just say that half way up the initial climb, I remembered I'm not such a fan of heights. By the end, all three of us were shaking and not really sure what we'd got ourselves into. If there was a word that captured "terrible and fun" at the same time, I probably screamed it at the top of my lungs (continuously).
I don't think we said it out loud, but it quickly became obvious that the only way we were going conquer our newly re-discovered fear was by immediately getting in line for Canada's "biggest longest and fastest" roller coaster: the brand-spanking-new "Behemoth."
They call it the Behemoth for a reason: it's big. Like, really big.
After they "strapped" us in, the coaster started climbing the 230 feet it takes to reach the top; which, by the way, is pretty close to the edge of Earth's atmosphere - if you were wondering. From there it was a 75° angle drop at 125km hour into what I supposed was going to be the last 3 minutes of my life.
The attached video gives you a pretty good idea of the mayhem.
Amazingly at the end of the Behemoth, all three of us agreed the Minebuster had actually surprised/scared us a bit more. There's just something about the clackety-clack of a wooden coaster that sets the heart/stomach at ill ease. Regardless, we figured we'd tackled the two toughest rides right off the bat, so we might as well go and ride the rest. And so we did.