Wednesday, July 11, 2007

After the rain...

...came the task of drying the track of the Alpine Slide. The track was a slick fiberglass, so the job was tricky. How did we do it? Well, as you might imagine, the process was impressive and well thought-out.

First, we went to the Lost and Found and grabbed whatever beach towels had been left there by guests. Then, we rode the lift with carts and towels in tow. Once at the top of the slide, we positioned ourselves on the carts with one towel in front of us and one behind. Finally, we took off down the slick fiberglass track, doing our best to go slowly and avoid tangling the beach towels in the runners of our carts. (I think we steered with our knees.) And I believe we prayed, as well. Yes.

After one particularly violent storm, I was about halfway down the track when I had an almost very nasty run-in with Nature. I was so busy concerning myself with the fact that I'd already worn my beach towel bald so that it wasn't absorbing any more water, and that I was gradually picking up speed--very nerve-wracking, that--that I failed to notice the flock of wild turkeys just parked there on the tracks in front of me. What to do? I threw the useless towel aside, pulled up violently on the brake, all the while shrieking, "TURKEY! TURKEY! TURKEY!" at the top of my lungs. Well, these clever turkeys must've known I was talking about them, so they flew out of my path at the last possible second, in a very Hollywood-stunt-turkey manner.

Turkeys on the tracks, baby. What a great job.

4 comments:

therese said...

The track drying process was fraught with peril, it's true. Poor Frank P lost not only his shorts, but his dignity and the respect of his daughter in the endeavor. Tragic.

Melissa said...

Those black shorts! They MELTED! Didn't I say they melted?

math t said...

wowzers. i grew up in cities and had absolutely no similar experiences, but well. holy hell!

xo, math+

Marc said...

Man, I'm so glad I found this site! I'm going to read up on your experiences at Action Park. I recall fondly suffering severe abrasions on the alpine slide as the sled rode on top of me as my skin burned away. Ahhh, yes, the refreshing, cool water of the water rides soothed those injuries nicely. I still remember how soothing the water felt some 22 or so years later.