Sunday, August 05, 2012

Six Flags - the Annual Event

The kids all got their annual 6-Flags tickets for doing their reading during the winter months. We take them to the park each summer - once.  It's worth it for one day. We make a lot of fun memories. Bennett always wants to take along another male species to ride with and hang with. We try to take cousins. We try to take other families. This year it seems that none of that could work out, so we opted for a friend.  On our way south down the highway, we noticed we were behind another family we knew. I started texting the Mom, they were on their way to the hospital with the youngest for a minor procedure. Several texts later, we pulled over and took their son out of his misery (of sitting in the hospital all day). They just happened to have a 6-Flags ticket in their car. Crazy folks!  So... off we go.The Crew... Ethan Pickett, Maggie, Ruth, Lydia, Brendan Hill, & Bennett.

 The girls... and the boys.  It was a good group.  We did some things together - and then Curtis would take the boys to the "tall" rides and I would take the girls to the "short" rides... translated EASY!  

Starting off with our favorite... Wyle E Coyote Canyon Blaster. I'm not sure how many more years the boys will ride this one... but it's still perfect for the girls.

Hot lines! Sweaty faces.  But smiles... lots of smiles.

Lydia's ride on the Mind Bender.  She always seems so little when on a ride like this.... scares a Momma!

Maggie and Ruth sat in front of us... ready for the big hill.

A bit apprehensive.

The girls and I were in line to ride and another Dad was in line with his 2 girls.  One wanted to ride. One didn't. So, he just asked if his could ride with mine and wallah! a boat full.  It made a perfect fit.

The boys all riding together... Brendan, Ethan, Bennett.

All wet... a little.

Lunch time out in the parking lot. We packed a picnic and refreshed our bodies - (gave them a rest) and the kids changed into suits for getting wet.

Maggie and Lydia in their matching suits at Skull Island.

Ruth at Skull Island.

Monster Plantation... or really not Plantation anymore... now it's Monster Mansion. I keep forgetting. 

Cool air on a hot afternoon sure makes this ride especially nice.

Our sad goodbye, farewell moment.  The park closed early this night because it was the week before school started back.  Actually, we never got a good reason why it closed early - but it did.  It did allow us to get home at a decent hour, but the best time at the park is as the sun sets, the air cools, and the crowd thins.  The lines get quicker and the rides are more fun. Maybe next year!

nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, Goodbye.

Finally got a family shot courtesy of one of the boys.

On the way home, we stopped at Red Robin for dinner - real food, cold drinks, and fun.

the boys took the girls' side upside down.  I didn't rotate them.

Back at the park, the very first photo waiting on the tram.  I couldn't get the picture to move where I wanted it to go. So just imagine you saw this one first.

At the very top of the Mind Bender - more for the view since they really couldn't turn around well. We were really high. I can't imagine being on the other, higher, bigger, faster rides.  Whew!

Another successful trip to 6-Flags!  

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