I Heart the PNE

On Friday night Sharon arrived home with a surprise for me: 2 tickets to the PNE, rides included! So, after a lazy Saturday morning, we went through the gates and straight for the first Superdogs performance.

Even though Superdogs has been around for 35 years, this was only my second time seeing them. The first time was about 8 years ago when the Beastie Boys played at the Pacific Coliseum and Superdogs were the first warm-up act. At the time I didn’t know about the Superdogs and was surprised to walk into a concert and see dogs doing tricks on stage!

The whole show revolves around trained dogs (40% are rescue dogs) doing tricks, running obstacle course races, dancing, and even performing a hockey-themed game of musical chairs. Afterwards, there’s a meet and greet with the dogs and their owners where heaps of curious children get to crowd around and pet the animals.

After Superdogs we got a chance to hit some rides, starting with something called Baywatch. Imagine a merry-go-round that spins around and is tilted on it’s side. This looked like a gentle ride to get our feet wet but turned out to be a real stomach-lurcher! So of course we hit it twice!

Sharon wanted to see Superdogs again so we caught the second show which was every bit as entertaining as the first. Then it was time for more rides, the highlight being the wooden roller coaster which was built in 1958 and is said to be one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world. I always thought it was a wilder ride that any other roller coaster I’ve been on and try to get on it whenever I’m at the PNE.

At 8pm the band Heart had a sold out performance on the PNE grounds and Sharon and I wandered over to check them out. It was good timing too since my stomach was starting to get upset with all the spinning and bouncing around on the rides that afternoon.

Heart rocked! When they started up I knew we were in for a good show. About halfway through they slowed it down but kicked it back up at the end with Barracuda, the song I’d been wanting to hear all night. Song rocks! What I didn’t expect was an even more thundering encoure that was opened by a new song, 59 Clutch and closed with a blazing cover of Misty Mountain Hop by Led Zeppelin.

Spent from a day of rides and a phenomenal concert we jumped on a last couple of less-intense, older rides to relive our junior high school years and then staggered home.

Fun times! Now today I’m pretty wiped from all of the excitement and my throat is a little rough from screaming like a schoolgirl on the rides.

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