Friday, August 17, 2012


A little side trip.

I often use rollercoaster as a metaphor for life in my writing.  You know, how the ups and downs, the unexpected twists seem to mirror our lives as we rise to the challenges that arise like the steep hills of the ride.  You get it, right?  Today, I simply want to say a few things about a rollercoaster

It is called Boulder Dash, located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Ct.  First of all this park is recognized as the oldest park in the country.  Second, it makes me think of what Lincoln Park might have been.  It is not the teen strewn, hyperactive, monster ride haven of Six Flags or Cedar Point.  This park is ideal for families with smaller kids who wstill want to spend time with parents.  The rides, while smaller, are still exciting and challenging.  The rides are larger than those found at New Hampshire’s Canopy Lake.  The park was bought and renovated in the mid-‘80’s by the owners of Hershey park.   They updated, cleaned and modernized the midway and rides.  The food is not budget busting, and soda and cold water are FREE.  That all said, the reason I go is to ride Boulder Dash.

They call it a mountain Coaster.  The ride skirts up and down along the side of a small mountain.  Cool idea if you ask me.  It is basically an out and back old style wooden coaster.  It rips along at about 65 miles per hour going up and down rabbit hop hills and a few sharp turns.  As you zip along the mountainside, between trees and boulders, you hang on and hold your breath.  There are not a lot of head banging twists, but the turns and curves that twist between nature are surprising and exciting.  At the end, I’m left with a quickly beating heart, and a wide smile.  A blast for certain. 

The park is about an hour and forty minutes from Providence and worth the ride.  Yes there is a water park and two nice water rides (a flume and rapids ride).  Summer is about gone, so maybe next year, like the Red Sox, (God alone can help them this year),  put it on the list of great day trips. 

And yes even this ride became a metaphor for life.  It went by way too fast.


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