Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Nov. 3; seems like so long ago I shared the pictures of Jerry and the Giant Christmas Tree transport to Six Flags-Marine World. The tree was so ugly with the branches chopped off, I couldn't imagine it standing decorated and beautiful. That's my Cowboy up there, attaching cables to move the tree by helicopter.

They had to lift the tree, carry it over the roller coasters and stand it on an island in the middle of the amusement park. The only branches still on the tree were the ones at the very top.

Here's the lift-off. Kind of a pathetic tree isn't it?

We had planned to visit Vallejo during the Christmas season to see the decorated tree. December kept us busy with hearts and doctors and travel out-of-state; the tree was forgotten.

.......until yesterday. We had no New Year celebration plans and I happened to find that the tree was still up at Six Flags and a New Year's Party was scheduled. I just couldn't imagine that naked tree decorated and I just absolutely love roller coasters. Love 'em! Jerry was agreeable to the last minute plans.

He made a phone call. He had been offered complementary tickets for his involvement in the tree transport, he arranged for passes for 4, we rounded up a couple of friends, and headed to Vallejo, arriving at 5:00.

It was cold out there near the water and we were bundled up warm. We were the oldest folks there. Mostly young people having a blast and lots of families with young children. We watched the seal show, the dolphin show, listened to Christmas carols, enjoyed the warm shark aquarium, and rode Roller Coasters. Jerry didn't ride. There were no lines so we just walked up the ramps and got right on the rides. I had a blast. We left before the midnight laser show and fireworks and were home by midnight.

The tree was beautiful, bright, colorful and large.

We spent some time walking around the base, examining how they attached the branches and cables and anchors. They did an impressive job.

The animal shows were cute and creative. Lots of children and adults laughing.

A fine way to end the year.

Peace to everyone.


Anonymous said...

It is nice to see the tree that Jerry had a big hand in getting for the park, all lite up for Christmas. Unreal what they can do . strip tree and put it back togather.Hard to believe it is same tree.
I love to ride roller coasters also, my favoit ride. Use to go by motorcycle, to Park with friend, just to ride roller coaster.
Memories of so long ago.

My birthday flowers , more then half still so pretty in red vase.Thank you. ox

Jenn said...

Wow, there are a LOT of lights on that tree! How gorgeous. Those seal trainers/handlers look a tad bit chilly.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

ditto jenn! wow lots of lights!
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jarry and Kathy.
WOW What a tree,it's so big when you stand by it.Glad to see Jerry out and about.He can do the Coasters next time. Be good. DAVID

Kathy said...

In addition to the giant tree's lights,they had lights strung all through the park's other trees and bushes. It was pretty.
Do you all have your trees and lights down already? We put none up this year.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

That is amazing--they chop off the limbs and then reattach them? Amazing.

Glad to see you love roller coasters. You will be young forever.