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Running for Wounded Warriors

In these last days of summer, I seem to be continually amazed by how young people are  giving back to their communities.

Earlier, I told you about the Union County libraries event, and yesterday I got to talk to Devon Blair, who ran nearly 24 miles for the Wounded Warrior Project – even though he doesn’t really like running.

He’s 17 and from Selisngrove and completed the first run last year as part of his graduation project requirements.

Devon said that he realizes how special and important the Wounded Warrior Project is and he simply wanted to give back. And, he said., if running 24 miles is the best way to do that and draw attention to the cause, he will continue to do that.

Devon was also joined by about 5 friends and family members, including his father. All of them should be commended for their efforts to run and raise money for a good cause.

Here’s the group celebrating at the end of the run, which finished up at Knoebels in Elysburg:

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Blair and his friend, Logan Boyer

Flying Turns cars

Yesterday, my fiance and I went to Knoebels to meet some friends who are back in town for a visit. We went to get dinner and ride a couple of rides, and our attention came to the Flying Turns, which I wrote and article about two weeks ago.

The cars that the park said could be the key to opening the ride were on the dock, and I took a couple of pictures to show the cool toboggan-style ride.

Check them out:

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When the Flying Turns opens, it’s probably going to be chaos for the first couple of months as everyone heads to ride them – but it really looks like it will be worth the wait.

This ride will be the only one like it out there and I plan to enjoy it!

Conquering a fear of heights?

Yesterday, Daily Item photographer Rob Inglis and I went to Knoebels in search of people to talk about what makes the park one of the best in the nation, as documented on the Travel Channel’s new rankings which puts the park at #2 in the country.

We were having fun and enjoying a day out of the office when it came down to crunch time, aka when Rob was force to confront his fear of heights on the Ferris Wheel in order to get an arial shot of the park.

It wasn’t pretty for a minute there.

Here’s the journey, which of course I had to capture on film:

Here he is preparing for ascent;

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Bonus Photos: Fire Cadet Weekend in Elysburg

This weekend, I worked the Saturday shift and started my day at Fire Cadet Weekend at the Elysburg Fire Department.

It’s a cool program designed to introduce teens to emergency response.

I kind of wanted to be a cadet, they got to do some cool things, like rappell, see a controlled home fire and get up close with Life Flight.

When I was there, they were learning about equipment.

Here’s some extra photos:

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Riding the StratosFear at Knoebels

Sunday, as part of my family’s Mother’s Day festivities at Knoebels in Elysburg, my younger sister, brother-in-law and I took our first ride on the new StratosFear drop tower.

Wow.

I was surprised at how fast we went and how high it was. I literally thought as we were falling – “OMG I HOPE THEY STOP THIS THING!!!”

And they did. But it didn’t feel like they could, which, after all, is the point of the thrill ride.

Here’s my journey through the StratosFear. I secured my phone inside my jacket for the ride up and stowed it for the crash downward – see the note below.

[Disclaimer: Please don’t be reckless with your smartphone or electronics while on the ride. Please secure your belongings. Seriously, it’s really fast and you will lose things]

OK, so here’s the ascent. And from your vantage point, you have no idea when you reach the top. It’s like a fun, yet terrifying mystery:

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Knoebels opening day 2013: What did you ride?

Saturday, my fiance and I decided to brave the crowds and check out the opening day of Knoebels.

The weather was just so perfect for a day at the park.

It was pretty crowded, but not uncomfortable, maybe because everyone was just happy to be there.

Here’s what we saw:

The StratosFear was open and people were clamoring to get on, but not us. It was high.

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StratosFear being tested in anticipation of park opening

Keeping in their tradition of letting the public get an inside peek at the latest happening at the park, Knoebel’s Amusement Resort has been posting photos and video showing the set up and testing of the StratosFear.

Here’s a video from the park’s Facebook page showing “guests” – test dummies it looks like – testing out the StratosFear:

That drop …. looks …. intense. Wow. I’m getting really excited for the park’s April 26 opening.

The park also posted several photos of the set up of the StratosFear, providing a unique look for guests as to how a ride comes together.

Here’s some photos:

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