Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lake Erie and Cedar Point

Lake Erie
Water, water, everywhere...If you are a regular reader of Just One Donna you are well aware of my love for the ocean.  I grew up near the ocean and can't imagine living anywhere that doesn't have quick access to the ocean.  Last weekend I visited Ohio, and had the opportunity to experience Lake Erie, the fourth largest Great Lake in North America. 

This wasn't the first time I've visited one of our Great Lakes.  No, I lived for a short time in Chicago and ran regularly along the shores of Lake Michigan and spent a weekend, years ago, on the shores of Lake Champlain.  If you ever have a chance to visit any of our Great Lakes regions, please do.  If you are a water lover, the Great Lakes are a must see.

This past weekend was a two-fer.  Not only was I able to experience Lake Erie from a boat, but I also was able to see what Cedar Point is all about.  Cedar Point is the oldest amusement park in North America, dating back to 1870, and claims to be the roller coaster capital of the world.

The Cedar Point Welcome Sign

It was a beautiful weekend in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  One a 1-10 rating scale with 10 being tops, it was a 10.  Oh, yes, it was a sunny and warm October weekend that was perfect for a day on Lake Erie or riding roller coasters.  Just ask the thousands of people who were stuck in hours and hours of traffic trying to get to Cedar Point.  Oh, yes, hours and hours...Our 45 minute ride took two hours and 45 minutes.  It's a good thing the weather was beautiful and made the it worth enduring the frustrating traffic.

View of Cedar Point from Lake Erie
Now, let's take a look at the craziness of these roller coasters.  The Millennium Force is 310 feet high and broke world records for speed when it opened in 2000.  It reaches speeds of 93 miles per hour.  Just look at these crazy people in the cars at the top of this coaster.

Riding the Millennium Force

Are you thinking that one is a piece of cake?  Well maybe you'd prefer the Top Thrill Dragster, which at 420 feet high was the tallest and faster roller coaster when it opened in 2003.

The Top Thrill Dragster

If you are a chills and thrills kind of person, you are certain to find what you are looking for by spending a day at Cedar Point. 

Fun at Cedar Point

I bet you are wondering which roller coaster was my favorite?  Oh, my, there is not enough money in the world to get me on one of those rides.  No, sirree...but it looks like it would be great fun for the rest of you!

Visit Lake Erie and Cedar Point for fun and thrills!


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