Sometimes you just need a break and during those times (actually, quite frequently) Jen and I make that pilgrimage to our roller coaster mecca, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. If we’re feeling generous, sometimes we even take the kids! We have a theme park nearby, Great America, but unfortunately the size and excitment of those rides just doesn’t compare with Magic Mountain so, with season passes in hand, we make the 6-7 hour trek to SoCal from our home in the SF Bay Area.
“But Joe, it doesn’t take that long to drive to SoCal!” Well, we have to make a few stops along the way…
I’m usually happy to just get out and stretch my legs a little but one of these days I want to go there during the day and actually walk around the place. As you walk up to the main fruit stand, there is a bunch of old, but freshly painted, farm equipment, tractors and there is a small scale train that runs there, too.
The shot at the top of this post is of a roller coaster at Six Flags called Scream. It looks like Six Flags was expanding a little when they built this floorless coaster and built it right on top of part of the parking lot. You can see the lines for the parking spaces on the asphalt right underneath ride!
As mentioned above, this pic was processed a bit but is not HDR. I exposure blended 4 different images to the result that I wanted after shooting on a tripod in a pitch black parking lot.
There are more pics from this trip on my Smugmug gallery including a panorama of Colossus, the Six Flag’s huge wooden roller coaster that you’ll remember from the movie Vacation when the family broke into Wally World. Next up I’m heading to Arizona for spring training this weekend. More pics to come!
Related Photo: Pure Adrenaline