Outdoor waterparks are not something that I recall seeing in the UK; the climate providing an explanation for their absence. I do not imagine that standing soaking wet in queues, wearing just a bathing costume, would work on a bracing day in Skegness. The only waterparks I have visited have been in Southern Europe or here in the US.

Today, I went to one for the first time since I moved to California. Waterworld in Concord is less than thirty minutes drive. Last summer I did not get myself organized, but this year I decided to take a long weekend and go. I took my wife to see James Taylor on Sunday, so to avoid starting the week tired after a late night, I decided that this was the weekend that I would extend.

The park was of a similar scale to those in the Algarve that gave me my first taste for being hurled down fiberglass tubes in a rush of water. The rides were, in the main, distinctly different from the ones that I had encountered before. Most of them used some form of inner-tube and were set up for multiple riders.

Waterworld, Concord

Waterworld, Concord

The park had lockers, which sensibly did not rely on a key which you then have to take with you and avoid losing on the rides. Instead, you inserted cash into a machine which asked you to enter and confirm a combination. It then printed out a receipt with the number of the locker, which was now configured with your combination.

The staff at the bottom of the ride used a distinctly low-tech way to signal to those at the top when it was safe to let the next person down. They held a red plastic drinks tray aloft until the ride was clear.

Published in: on 29 July, 2008 at 7:00  Comments (2)  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://britinla.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/waterworld/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You looked like you had a great time 🙂

  2. My husband reported that a good time was had by all … until he lost his housekeys.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: