Now this was a rare trip with my dad coming along as he used to go there as a child with his family that lived there. Although he didnt ride anything, but he was fine because he was taking a walk down memorie lane. He told us the stories of him hitting up the blue streak many years before with his uncle, secretly i think he missed it. I thought it was just another fine example of what out and backers are. Although not the best in upkeep i can see. This was a fun coaster to me. Loved the older trains they had on it.
Devils den was good for a hoot, and a couple of other traditional rides that have been recreated or other parks have such as the trabant, muzik express, the flying scooters, which were fun because i hadnt rode one this year.
The main thing is that this park seems to be going slowly like so many others before it, this was the first time i felt sad to be in a park. A few rides were missing from their areas already, a swing ride called the yo,yo, a tumblebug which i actually enjoy when i ride one, and some kind of zipper or something, quite possibly from the dismantled carriages a scrambler.
I did however get to the lake, which is such a nice thing to look out at, although it was a bit chilly for this time of year. I did a walkthrough of the hotel on the advice of a few others here. Really nice hotel, but i cant imagine what it used to be like, with this place slowly looking like it might fade away. I did check out the shuffle board room at the end, this was kinda cool. They have that place looking pretty mint, if i didnt live that close to it, i would love to stay there. Anyhow all in all had a great time there, but it kinda was depressing to watch alot of this place seem like it was gonna give up.
Best collection of old-tyme kiddie rides that I've seen...
Conneaut Lake is a STERLING EXAMPLE of that "park-by-the-water" that is VINTAGE AMERICANA. The flat rides nestled next to the historic wooden coaster (BLUE STREAK) still make for a picturesque and perfect summer day bit of escapism.
It is this sort of thing that a lot of us feel strongly about not letting slip away. We cannot lay down and allow the Six Flags-ization of the country continue. There is a place for the big, mega-parks in the country but most coaster enthusiasts, including myself, adore the Mom-and-Pop parks like Conneaut Lake, Holiday World, and Indiana Beach, to name but a few.
I think we raised about $7,000 in the Blue Streak Challenge this year and came in at just around 300 laps (I'm not sure what the final total actually was), but $7,000, while an admirable amount of money, does nothing but put a band-aid on the financial woes that Conneaut Lake still faces.
I also happened to think like i said before the people who occupy the job end of the park are so dedicated there. Had to laugh looking at those pictures gator put up because it looked like he had a few enthusiasts with him, which also reminded me that they had some acers there. They were riding the streak all day.
I got my ride on the little dipper cause of my coasterbuzz card and a very generous op, i still feel wierd riding a kiddy coaster, but he made me feel like it was more than alright if i did, considering i guess he was supposed to only let acers on with their membership.
Thanks guys at least i feel the same way!
I left GL a few weeks ago to go back to work at good ole conneaut. Hey... higher pay, less hours, more summer and not to mention my uncle is owner of games, the arcades, and the two cotton candy/roasted nut stands. Much more laid back ;)
I however would not count on seeing it open next year.
If anyone is visiting, I should be in the SkeeBall room, just look for tall kid with curley hair. :) *** Edited 8/29/2005 9:35:29 PM UTC by SteveWoA***
Rollergator: What 'considerable funds'? Any money they have is going to go toward their huge debt-load.
Of course, debts must also be repaid...;)
That was a nice little gameroom too. Do you think your uncle may invest in a DDR machine someday? ;-)
But ill be sure to bring it up to him again about DDR! haha
I hate to hear news like this. :-(
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