Hmmm interesting! There's almost two phases for me. When I was a lot younger we went to various small theme parks as a family. We visited Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath pretty much every year. My grandparents live down in Bournemouth so whenever we used to visit them we would have a day out at Paultons Park. And then we went on holiday to Cornwall a few times, where we visited Flambards. So all kids parks, none had any form of major rides at the time. I always enjoyed visiting them and always made sure our first ride of the day was the log flume! They used to be my favourite rides, we had some real fun on them as a family. At this time we did also have a couple of trips to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I was not big on coasters when I was younger though, in fact I was once too scared to go on Hornet at Flambards. So at a younger age I enjoyed visiting theme parks but wasn't mad on them. I'd never even really heard of Alton Towers back then I don't think. My first memory of Towers is actually in 2002 on the back of Corn Flakes boxes I think. There had promotions for the Tussauds parks featuring Air at Towers, Colossus at Thorpe and Vampire at Chessie. I remember thinking that Vampire looked really cool at the time! Then in 2004 we had a school trip to Drayton Manor. Now, when I'm going to go somewhere I like to look into it and find out stuff. So naturally I started looking on the internet trying to find out what was at Drayton etc. I think it was around this time I came across Towers on the net as well, I recall finding ATA first and having a good look there. On the trip to Drayton I went on my first ever 'thrill' coaster, the Klondike Gold Mine. I remember being really scared going on a coaster that had a loop, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting! Then later in the year we went to Alton Towers for the first time as a family, and at the end of the day I plucked up the courage to go on Air which I instantly loved! I still remember the feeling, it felt like such an achievement at the time. So I think that's where it really started. When we went the next year I rode Nemesis for the first time. So my interest in theme parks really started in 2004/2005. I found the likes of ATA and TT, and read the forums for a long time before joining them both in 2007. I then attend my first meet in 2008 for Corkscrew's last day and yeah, it all really took off!