Log of our fourth trip of 1995

Our Paramount Trip

Carrowinds Amusement Park

NC/SC border

King's Dominion Amusement Park

Dumfries, VA

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

North Carolina

August 6-16, 1995

Mileage Start 72,726 --  Home 74,772


Attended:  Dad, Mom, Megan, Matt, Fezzi, Burger

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Carrowinds sure is a small park!  Not near as big as we thought it would be.  In about four hours we saw the whole thing.  We came back and went swimming.  It was fun, though!


Our second day included a couple of rides and more swimming.  The temperature at home has been in the mid 90s for weeks.  The temperature since we left has been in the 70s and 80s, a BIG change.


Carrowinds, although small, ad, by far, the BEST characters (Star Trek characters).  It took us five and a half hours to get to PKD.  This park is much bigger than Carrowinds although a bit smaller than PKI.  It has much better merchandise and a nice Nickelodeon show the kids liked.


Waves, NC, on the Outer Banks, was supposed to be somewhere to fill a couple of extra days we had.  It has turned into a GREAT place to explore, shop, have fun, and learn.  We did lots and lots of things.  We flew kites, played in the ocean, saw where flight began, went up into lighthouses, rollerbladed, and lots of other things.  They have a fantastic kite store called Kitty Hawk Kites.  Mike, Ruth, and Chris came but Mike didn't like the place.  They left early due to concern about a hurricane called Felix.  Felix did little other than make big waves.  It is 800 miles away as we get ready to leave at our normal time.  We did have big waves.  Three feet is normal and we had eight to ten foot waves.


What a trip home!  First, at the intersection of I-495 and I-270 in Washington, DC, we had a R/F flat.  I ended up in the left berm and we got it changed.  The spare was about shot.  Then, at the Ohio-PA border the engine died.  We got off the road.  The voltage sensing wire from the ignition switch to the generator had been cut.  Where the wires went form the engine to the passengers compartment a grommet had come off (probably during the engine change).  Took five hours extra but we got home.

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