Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Vivo el waterpark abandonado fuera de Las Vegas.

GoBeDelighted will be on hiatus for a few days while Christine and I travel to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada.

Yes, I'm looking forward bronzing my skin in the 108 degree F air and stealing more old science textbooks from the Tropicana, but I'm also looking forward to showing Christy the abandoned waterpark that sits on 1-15, halfway to Vegas.

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The former Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark was opened near man-made Lake Dolores in Newberry, California in 1962. According to this long-winded Wikipedia entry, it was one of the earliest waterparks in the United States, and its adjacent resort was popular with the motocross and water sports crowd. The park closed in the late 1980s after bad management, and what's left of it is scheduled to be torn down and replaced by homes in the very near future.

Apparently, if you actually get off I-15 to check out the park, you will be greeted by a cranky old man in a truck and/or a pack of dogs who will shoo you away from the "private property." As one survivor reports:"it was like a horror movie - or at least an episode of Scooby-Doo."

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Mel, can we go to Raging Waters in Encino? (aka Water loop courtesy of Bill and Ted's aka Waterlube courtesy of my child sized brain watching Bill and Ted's)

We don't have to go in the wave pool.