Is it possible to have a bad time on Hell's Revenge? We had a great time, as always, and no one broke anything -- though there were a few scares.
We went over the first fin without any issues because we had just done Fins & Things and we were getting used to playing on the big fins. On the other side, we took a good look at Dump Bump but decided with the fading light that we'd rather finish the trail in a little bit of sunshine and come back to play on Dump Bump later if there was still time (we never came back, though).
We continued on, crawling up the huge dome and down and around the other side. We saw another group that we'd end up spending bits and pieces of the day with. After the dome we followed a lightly-marked trail off the beaten path and finally saw Hell's Gate. It is a huge obstacle! No one tried it, but it was cool to finally see it.
The roller coaster up and down fins was a blast, though Bob S. had a close call. He was climbing up a fin (maybe too slowly) and his engine threatened to die. While it jerked around it managed to bounce itself a little sideways on the hill before finally dying. On a big fin on Hell's Revenge that's a scary place to be! He got going again once the pucker factor had subsided a little bit.
The light wasn't right to truly see the Black Hole as a black hole, but it was still scary coming around it between the tree and the edge of the cliff. It's an intimidating place!
When we got up to the Car Wash the group in front of us was just leaving. No one in their group had made it, unfortunately. Everyone played in the Bath Tub for a little bit -- it's a fun obstacle even though we had been going up and down much bigger things all day.
Bob S. was the only one to get in the Car Wash. He got his tires up on it but after his scare on the way up the dome he wasn't ready to gun it out of the Car Wash. We got some good pictures and we got to see how truly massive the climb is out of that thing.
We continued on around Mickey's Hot Tub and no one got in it. The light was going on us and we wanted to get going and get off the dome. We worked our way carefully down the dome and slowly went down Whale's Tail one by one. That is a massive hill!
We came around the corner by the Escalator and found a couple vehicles in it from the group before us. We watched them successfully climb up it -- then actually down it -- then moved on after they left, falling in behind them.
Monica was the first up Tip-Over Challenge, following the line that had gotten her up it last time rather than following the spotting from the group in front of us. It's almost better to slip a little bit and flex as much as possible rather than get tippy. It worked again, so the rest of the group followed the same twisty line, putting passenger-side tires over the big hump and straddling the crack rather than driving to the left of it. Steve made it halfway up but his tires weren't cooperating so he took the sandy way out of the middle of it instead.
The Play Hill next to Tip-Over Challenge ended up being a fun and challenging optional obstacle for Bob S. and Eric, who both slid their way up it. Nice job! That hill going up the side of the Tip-Over Challenge bypass is a tough one.
After we got through that we headed down toward the rocks and Rubble Trouble. The rocks made us all go very slowly but no one hit anything.
A few of us stayed a little later to play in the deep sand and bury ourselves in it. Ladd got stuck for a bit but got himself out. We couldn't do the "V" anymore as it was all fenced off, so we headed out to play on Potato Salad Hill on our way back to town.
It's impossible to have a bad time on Hell's Revenge!
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