Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Big Thunder Thrills
Discovering new details at Disneyland, no matter how insignificant, typically adds a jolt of excitement for me. I was surprised to notice the back of this sign, which shows four bullet holes and a yellowed playing card. Not sure where it fits into the scheme of things, but it gave me something to do with my camera as we entered the line queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Wonder what's in the box shown below?
The Panhandle Hotel is one of the few buildings in Rainbow Ridge that I cannot find a counterpart for from the original Nature's Wonderland attraction that was located in this spot before BTMRR took over.
I've always admired this one's bone structure; I think a career in modeling could be in the cards.
A few shots of the Rainbow Caverns tribute area; still couldn't get a decent shot of the bats. Drat!
I was able to capture a few of the critters along the way, like these possums hanging from the trees:
and a howling coyote:
and two snakes:
even up close, they look impressive. You can almost hear that tail rattling!
A shot of the goat through the cab is cool…
but looks even better with the frame of a tighter crop:
The explosive moment of the grand finale:
A few final shots from our mine train's rapid descent:
I wonder which one does better on Yelp; the Panhandle or the El Dorado?
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