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Opening Day 2017 at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

Alright I just ripped people for riding Thunder River but what did we do next...yeah we rode The Log Flume.

Opening Day 2017 at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

I have to blame Brian as he loves riding log flumes.  He made me go on it.

Opening Day 2017 at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

The real reason I rode was that the sun came out from behind the clouds warming it up a little bit and there was no line so we all hopped on for a ride.

Opening Day 2017 at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

A big surprise was how much tender loving care the Log Flume received during the off season.  The entirety of The Log Flume got a nice coat of paint and from the looks of it there was some work on the troughs.  I am very happy seeing this ride get all of this care especially as the trend has been for old rides to be removed and replaced and I would hate to see this original Six Flags Over Mid America ride become just a memory.

Opening Day 2017 at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri

I did learn something new about The Log Flume.  The two sides of it take different courses but end with the same parallel lift and splashdown before returning to the station.  The one with the station nearest to the midway always open while the other layout is much more fun with a really fast straight section but it is only open when crowds calls for the added capacity.  While exiting my log slightly damp after my ride I mentioned to the ride operator about my preference for the other flume.  She replied that it was her favorite as well but the reason it is not always open is due to the station for that one is not handicap accessible while the one that is always open is.

As I tend to skip days when Six Flags St. Louis might be crowded that explains why it took me over a decade to finally ride both sides of The Log Flume. 



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