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Two Hot Days At The Beach and One At The Fun Park

My annual two-day vacation turned into a three-day!  The family spent a week at Virginia Beach, with me showing up for the weekend.  No pictures of the beach - I don't like taking the camera to the sand...

It was HOT!

Monday was spent at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg VA.

It is certainly the best park around.

We did all five of the great roller coasters before lunch.  Smart to do...

Our favorite is the Griffon.  It has two, count'em two, vertical 90 degree drops of 205 feet.  At the bottom it is said the coaster is traveling at 90 mph!  The front row gets you the most thrill - at the top of the slope they stop the carriage for about 7 seconds!  You are hanging vertical and looking straight down!

This photo is snapped at the point of maximum G's, just as you begin the climb following the drop!  We rode this ride three times - they used this photo all day, I guess to advertise the force of the ride!  Maybe they thought I am Jon Voight.

My pants (I was one of about three dopes who wore long pants in the whole park...) are plastered against the seat - the G forces did not swell my legs to that dimension!  My daughter is to my right.  How that kid on my left has his eyes open I don't know!  Given the obvious G forces, I calculated my weight as seen in this photo to be 6,153 pounds.  My sunglasses are in my right hand, and survived the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

How HOT was it?

I had a case of Diet Pepsi in my car during the day.

It was predicted that the temperature would reach higher than 100 degrees, so I left all my windows cracked 1".

That didn't help.

I think it reached 144 F that day, with humidity of 161%!  Maybe more...

We drank water ALL DAY LONG!

This picture demonstrates the heat.  Have you ever seen a soda can do this?  Maybe because it is caffeine free?  There was about 1/2 case left, and most of them exploded like this during the day.

That is hot!

All in all, it was a great day!

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 7 commentsJay Markanich • August 13 2009 04:30AM

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Jay not a good sign when your soda cans need TPR valves---nice mess to clean out of the car too:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Charlie - isn't that amazing!?  I have never seen that before, and certainly not in mass.  At least there is no sugar to worry about...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Whew, what a drop! You must have been clutching your sunglasses very tight. heat is okay with me but not humidity. I've never seen a soda can explode like that. But I can tell you had fun! Kate

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

Jay,

Hopefully that sticky crud is not all over the inside of the car.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Kate - the drops are a thrill!  It was hugely humid!  Long day, with a 2 hour drive at the end...

But lots of fun!

Steve - no sugar so not much crud.  But lots of puddle!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Never seen a soda can do that. And I love heat but 100 plus with humidity would be like performing a day long attic inspection.

Posted by Vince Santos, Southeast Michigan Home Inspector (StepByStep Home Services LC) about 9 years ago

I have not either Vince.  It was so hot, we drank all day and did not once use the restroom!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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