Still diving after all these years

There's something just too delicious about a cool dollop of whipped cream on a steaming cup of cocoa.

Or a drizzle of hot fudge on vanilla ice cream.

Sweet and sour. Salty and sweet.

Yin and yang.

Silly and serious.

Dive! show

Our Dive! show is back again this year.

They've got new digs, including a big new pool, tall new dive tower and lots more seating for the audience.

Dive!

Wave hello to the nice diver!

High dive

Everyone gets in on the act!

Dive!

Well, then again, there's nearly always someone clowning around …

Dive! antics

One minute, hilarous antics, and then …

Dive!

We hope you enjoy this show as much as we do, with chuckles one minute and breath-holding Olympic dives the next.

And no matter what this dive team is up to, we all know how each dive will end – with a great big splash!

Dive! splash

Blimey – the British are here!

It was a day filled with proclamations of "Brilliant – just brilliant!"

There's nothing like the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain to guarantee a cheer-i-o day!

We started at not quite 5 o'clock in the morning with a television news crew.

Early morning news coverage at Mammoth

That's right; the sun wasn't up yet.

But we were!

And yes, we had a little breakfast set out.

Tea bags for the Brits

Club founder Andy and his fellow countrymen and -women were delighted with the choice of hot beverage.

Two of our Food & Beverage crew members quietly admitted to me they'd had bad dreams about somehow creating an international incident by purchasing the wrong brand of tea bags. (Yes, we tend to sweat the small things.)

After several satisfying cups of tea and breakfast muffins (chocolate-chocolate chip seemed to be the most popular selection, interestingly enough), Andy hopped in a Mammoth boat with four members of his club plus Nicole, our guess-I-should-have-worn-waterproof-mascara reporter:

Riding Mammoth early in the morning

They had a wild ride! I think they woke up all the campers next door:

Riding Mammoth

Andy's such a pro – he wrapped his towel in such a way that the Mammoth logo shows on camera.

He enthusiastically chatted with Nicole about why his club chose to visit Holiday World to help celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Andy Hine

Nicole and Kirk  from 14 WFIE-TV played right along with the early fun:

Voyage magnetAfter a walk-back tour of our roller coasters, the full tour group of 66 took their first official ride of the day … on Voyage.

There were quite a few chuckles when they saw their little "Keep Calm and Ride Voyage" refrigerator magnet momento.

Truth be told, we were hoping they wouldn't proclaim us "cheeky" for changing the wording of the iconic 1939 British safety poster.

"Brilliant!" was the first reaction and we rebellious Americans breathed a sigh of relief.

The joke was on all of us, though; we served the group lunch in our 4th of July section. There was no mention of hard feelings regarding that revolution thing – in fact several club members took a spin on the ride which boasts that proud name.

But the ride that got them cheering the loudest was our Voyage:

Brits riding Voyage

Andy had a good chuckle with Lauren Koch, especially when he insisted that her fiance take a "walk of shame" after riding Voyage hands-down.

Hands-down. And clutching the grab bar.

Lauren Koch and Andy Hine

One last ride and then our friends were off to the next park on their 17-day itinerary.

Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain

Wait! One final trainload to go … who could resist those smiles?

And those accents.

Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain rides Voyage"What accents?" Andy quipped.

"It's all of you who speak with an accent."

Residents from both sides of the pond agreed, however, that a lovely chap from Wales might occasionally need subtitles.

Or maybe always.

 

Keeping track of the coaster crazies

When we started building The Raven back in 1994, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into …

… and how many friendships would be forged.

The roller coaster enthusiasts are like one big, happy, enthusiastic family.

And last weekend was their family reunion.

Taking photos of The Voyage

Just as with any family reunion, they take lots of photos.

Not necessarily of each other, though; they like the artform that is a roller coaster.

Me, I just get a kick out of the the enthusiasts and their voracious appetite for riding coasters, talking about coasters, and photographing coasters …

We'll just call this the Coaster Paparazzi:

Coaster Paparazzi

The two pretty girls all front and center? They first appeared in our blog five years ago.

See? Family.

Truth be told, in addition to riding coasters and taking pictures of coasters, this bunch also likes to eat. Here they are, walking through the chilly sprinkles early Saturday morning for breakfast and rides on … water coasters.

It was amazing to see the gleeful expressions on their faces as they rode Wildebeest and Mammoth, even before the sun broke through the clouds and warmed us up.

Breakfast with the enthusiasts

Later in the day, when we provided an escorted tour around The Voyage, it was another opportunity for snack-time.

HoliWood Nights

And as the sun set each evening (thanks for the use of your cool photo, Brian F.) of our two-day HoliWood Nights event, it was time for the enthusiasts to buckle down and ride like they meant it. After all, many had traveled a thousand miles or more, from New Zealand, Germany, Washington State.

The Raven during HoliWood Nights

Sounds like fun? We post information about this annual event (and others) on the Coaster Clubs page of our website.

And until then, be sure to …

Keep Calm and Ride Voyage