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Fun is a’foot

Like roller coasters? Hiking, too?

Then you’ll love Duisburg, Germany.












Magic Mountain is an elevated walking path designed by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth. Rising up to 147 feet above the ground, this serious climb mimics a roller coaster…and provides some amazing views for hikers.

And walking in a loop-to-loop? Pretty cool.

Leave it to my German cousins to come up with a way to make roller coasters healthy. What’s next? Subways that are powered by footpower? Buses that we pedal?



Loop de loop

On this date in 1898, the first roller coaster was patented.  (They finally figured out how many loops it takes to make you throw up!)

Suffice it to say — I love coasters, but they don’t love me.

One of my favorite roller coaster rides ever was during my very first trip to Las Vegas.  My friend Paul and I both realized we had hit our 30’s without visiting Sin City, so off we went.

We stayed at the New York, New York casino back when it was bright, shiny new.  I don’t even think we knew it had a coaster, so when we saw it was one of the attractions, we kinda poo-poo’ed it.

I mean, seriously — a coaster that wrapped around a casino building in Las Vegas? At $8 a pop?  How much fun could it be?

OMG — SO much fun!

The roller coaster whipped between the casino buildings so fast, it felt like we were going to slam into someone’s hotel room!  It was the best time ever.  We immediately got off and got right back on.  It was so worth the price.

I read it’s up to $14 now.  I’d pay that much today.

I mean, come on — all the other scares on the Strip cost way more.