June 15th, 2013

krazy koati

What a smashing, positively dashing spectacle

Opening Day for Michigan's Adventure was a cool, overcast day, trying reliably to rain, which meant that there weren't lines for anything. (It also meant the water park --- the more popular side of the park --- wasn't open, although that might have been because it was too early in the season anyway. Certainly the temperature justified not opening it either.) That's great for making sure you get onto every ride you'd want, although it also meant we actually left before the park closed at 7 or so, just because it was too cool for us to carry on, even though we were dressed tolerably warmly.

Michigan's Adventure's new ride for the season is a Flying Scooters ride, which we'd ridden at Hershey Park, I believe, before. They're cars suspended from a rotating base, like a swing ride, with the extra bit that there's a huge flat sail you-the-rider can turn, affecting your path. That's a wonderfully low-key sort of ride to add in and we were delighted with it. At one point in the ride I managed to do something with the sail so as to spin my car backwards, or backwards enough; bunny_hugger, behind me, confirmed this wasn't just my imagining the sweep to be bigger than it was. Anyway, for an era when parks seem inclined to just add a gigantic marquee-name rides, this was a great, low-key change.

Afterward we tried figuring out what had been in the spot where the Flying Scooters were added. It took some time but we realized they'd taken out the go-karts ride for it. We could make out the skeleton of the racetrack in the parts the Scooters and a new beer garden weren't using. They still have a junior go-karts ride, but now without a senior. (I'm pretty sure we'd been on the go-karts ride before it was taken out.) It's a bit sad to have any ride lost --- every one of them is someone's favorite, after all, or the first one they ever rode, or one that was special to their lives --- but they have got a good one in its place.

Trivia: Maryland engineer Thomas Moore advertised a patent refrigerator in 1803. It was an insulated icebox requiring ice to be added daily in summer. Source: The Frozen-Water Trade, Gavin Weightman.

Currently Reading: The New Space Opera 2, Editors Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan.

PS: The Rare Days, as the question of what's so rare as a day in June keeps being brought before me.