WEEKEND ROAD TRIP

OK. So I mentioned in my last post that I love going on road trips. Well as of my writing this post on October 8, 2018, I can officially say I can cross Kennywood amusement park off my park bucket list. Kennywood is, for lack of a better term…quaint. It is not a big “chain” park like Six Flags or Cedar Fair, which own parks all across the world. Kennywood started off as a family-owned park. And it still retains a lot of its charm. Yes, they have modern thrill rides, like the Phantom’s Revenge (POV on my YouTube page) but they also have a shit ton of classic rides, like the TURTLE (which I unfortunately did not get to ride) and Noah’s Ark, which I did not do because it had been turned into a haunted attraction for Phantom Fright Nights. But I did get to ride most of the roller coasters, which again, are on my YouTube page. Funny story: As you may know, as I have made it oh so obvious in other posts, I am a Baltimore guy through and through. While I am not the biggest Ravens or O’s fan, I do show hometown pride…Pittsburgh (actually, West Mifflin, PA. About 20 minutes away from Pittsburgh) is Steelers country. So I decided to wear my Ravens shirt just to fuck with the locals…IT WORKED! One person tried to scare me, seeing as it was a Halloween event at night, but I told them “Try to scare me and I will go Ray Rice on your ass!”. NOBODY BOTHERED ME AFTER THAT!

But I ate at Potato Patch in Kennywood, which is uber famous for their homemade potato fries. Like, everything about them is hand-made. I gotta hand it to them: they were really good fries! BUT…the guy serving me had a Big Ben Roethlisberger shirt on, which makes sense, seeing as the Squealers–I mean Steelers–are the local team. But the guy sees my Ravens shirt and we had some friendly competition. The fries cost $7.05. I hand the guy $8. I told him to “keep the change for your loss”. The guy was laughing his ass off and handed me $2 back and goes, “You earned this!” So not all Steelers fans are assholes…just most of them. 😉

One more thing to note about Kennywood that I have not seen at any other park: The admission is roughly $45. Price for parking? FREE! Yes, you read that correctly. Parking is 100% absolutely free at Kennywood! This along with its retro charm makes it one of my favorite amusement parks to visit, even though I have only been there once. I would love to go back in the Spring or Summer and enjoy the park as it was intended to be, instead of during a Halloween event.

We also went to Fallingwater, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Pennsylvania. Keep in mind it was about 80 degrees that day with a lot of humidity and my Aunt, Uncle and I were in long pants and hiking for 2 hours! We were dying by the end of it and sweating from every pore on our bodies! At least I was. I suggest you check out both of these places if you get the chance. I was incredibly lucky because we did both in the same day. It was exhausting but totally worth it!

Sunday when we drove back to Baltimore, I was running on fumes. We got back to the hotel around 11:30 and fell asleep around 12 midnight. And I kept waking up and falling back asleep. So we checked out of the hotel at around 7am. Hmmm…let’s see. Four hours of sleep, driving and being constantly on the go from 8:30am-12 midnight? Yeah…I was tired.

But it was super fun and I can’t wait to go on the road again soon! Thanks for reading and, per usual, feel free to comment. Thanks!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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