Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, Illinois
Summer 2009
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Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

As I'm writing this it's January 2009.  We've had endless weeks of snow, cold, some more snow then below zero temperatures that freeze you to the bone.  Cocooned in my house I long for summer.  I long for the sun on my face and a warm breeze blowing through what little hair that I have left.  I want a nice summer day with friends, family and a bunch of coasters.

So I decided to delve back into my gigabytes of photos and try to get back, at least in memory to summer time at Six Flags Great America.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

 The Demon has been a staple at Six Flags Great America for three decades now and every year I hear a rumor that it's going to be torn down.  My question back to those folks are if Six Flags is planning on removing it why did they give the black train this amazing paint job this year?

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

We ended up heading to Six Flags Great America a couple of times this year as both Bond and I really love it.  On one of our visits we met up with my sister, niece and sister-in law over at the Hometown Fun Machine. 

It used to be that you could tell if Great America was going to be packed or not based on if the Hometown Fun Machine was running.  Being kind of out of the way they would only run it on busy days.  Thankfully Six Flags new management decided to have all rides in operation whenever they're open so we can get our Scrambler fix on.

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois

The Hometown Fun Machine and Triple Play are tucked back in the corners of the Hometown Square section of the park so many people miss them.  Now I'm not a big spinning ride fan so I have avoided Triple Play since I was a kid figuring I'd get sick on it but my sister-in-law Heloisa pulled me onto it and I have to say that it's awesome fun.  I tried to get Bond on it at the end of the day but as we sprinted up to it the ride operator had just pressed dispatch for the final ride of the night.  Oh well there's next year.


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