Under the boardwalk (sing it with me)
I have to make this my next post, because I can't hold back from these pictures any more. For six years, I've watched Wendy make her annual pilgrimage to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to ride the Giant Dipper. This year it felt so surreal to be in a moment I'd watched in pictures for six years. Wendy rides the Dipper every year 'whether she needs it or not.' Excellent philosophy.
Lets be clear: I'm not the rollercoaster type. (And I feel quite silly now about how scared I got on the Ferris Wheel... but that's another story). Sometimes I think it's absolutely ridiculous how much unnecessary fear I've carried in my life, because despite the fear (perhaps because of it?) riding the Giant Dipper with Joe and Wendy is hands down one of the highlights of our trip.
These photos have quite a lot to do with that.
They're so joyful. They made me laugh. They're magical. We had SUCH a great time, and they take me straight back there. They make me laugh out loud at my desk.
The Giant Dipper is an original wooden roller coaster. It was built in 1924, and 60 million people have ridden The Dipper since it was built.
Legendary San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote about the Dipper, saying “...the great roller coaster arose amid screams above the golden strand of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk ... a tooth-loosener, eyeball-popper, and one long shriek.”
I can confidently say I shrieked more than once and it's possible I now have a loose tooth. I also remember yelling at Wendy that she hadn't done much to prepare me for the pitch-black start, and there would be no way I would be taking any photos during the ride, despite the fact I had my camera optimistically around my neck. She on the other hand coolly showed her years of experience riding the Dipper by calmly turning around and take photos of Joe and I while facing backwards. While laughing.
I can only applaud.
We had a great conversation huddled around Wendy's computer to look at all the photos she took during our visit. Wendy said she loved that I burst out laughing when I saw the pictures of us on the Dipper - that I could see the fun in them and I wasn't worried about how the pictures looked. I loved that. But I reacted as I did because she'd done such a great job capturing our hilarity and fun.
I am going to treasure these pictures, and the fact I rode the Dipper with my friend! Join us for the ride!
All pictures by Wendy Russell unless otherwise acknowledged. Thank you Wendy!