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Published: July 12th 2012
Our daily routine. Tony is typing this comment from the very same spot right now.
Today was another day off. We had a relaxing morning doing laundry, swimming in the pool, reading books and hanging out. At about 11, we went to Six Flags Saint Luis.
You can consider our family to be Disney people. You might go so far as to call us Disney snobs, and you would not be far off the mark. We realized this, and we decided to go into Six Flags with an open mind. The park tickets were cheaper, but there were so many add-ons and extras on the website and we didn't know anything about the parks. We decided just to pay at the gate. (turns out we did get a deal because some nice person gave us a coupon right before the ticket counter). Then the gouging started. First $18 for parking (not preferred), then we got approached at least 3 times to upgrade or buy add-on, etc as we were walking into the park (felt harassed). Then we found a ride we wanted to go on. It was a 4 person car, spinning roller coaster.. the kind you find in fairs or at California Adventure... you know, the kind that you can take a backpack on
Another fantastic KOA. This one has a great pool, is flat and is really close to six flags.
and put it at your feet, and be just fine!... We were told we can't have the backpack, or purse, or anything else that wasn't strapped on "For safety reasons". They did have convenient lockers right there that you could pay $1 to store your stuff in but you could only use it once (when you opened it, you would have to pay again to use it again). all-day lockers were $14 and way at the entrance (and not one of 3 park employees knew they existed). We ended up just leaving our stuff in the locker for the 2 hour limit. Turns out there were a number of rides, but not all of them, that you needed lockers for. After that and a few more rides, we decided to get some food... very expensive food.. much more so than Disney or event he water parks we have gone to recently. The park employees were, for the most part, not as friendly as Disney.. carrying on conversations not related to work, and rude or careless. We did run into a few that were very nice and helpful, but they seemed to have to go out of their way, even to
The Ferris Wheel ride turned out to be shaded, cool, and a good rest from the heat.
the point of looking over their shoulder as they helped to make sure they weren't getting into trouble. Perhaps what set us off against Six Flags was the heat... 97.
With all of the above, you might think we had a terrible day, but actually it wasn't. The lines for all of the rides were very short. We walked onto most, and had, at most, 20 minutes of waiting. Michelle capitulated to trying a wooden roller coast, but it was a rough one, and turned her off for roller coasters the rest of the day, except the one she had already been on. We did a number of other, smaller rides, including a spinning swinging chair ride that was the highest point in the park (even Anne wene on).
We came back at 6, changed, cooled off in the trailer, and then went out to eat dinner with a friend Tony met at a developer conference in January. April was very nice, and easy to talk to. We had a lovely meal at Super Smokers BBQ place, and then walked across the street and had some fried pies at the Fried Pie place.
Early beddtime, tomorrow we
We're out of Scooby Snacks... ZOINKS (actually, no, we have a box full in the trailer!)
will check out the Arch in St. Luis and then a short drive to Springfield.
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