During Christmas break we took Sweet Tea, Hope and Lauren to Knotts Berry Farm. The lines were horrendous (2-3 hours for every roller coaster) so the day wasn’t what we envisioned. Sweet Tea loved the two roller coasters she rode so we decided to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain after school started back up and just let Lauren skip a day of school. Lauren was A-OK with that idea. One of Dave’s co-workers graciously gave us Six Flags tickets (thank you so much Katt!) so off we went.

The forecast called for rain in the afternoon so we arrived early, hoping to hit all the rides before the rain. Apparently the threat of rain scared everyone away because the highest number of visitors for the day was less than 2,000. Park capacity is 23,000. Yippee!!!!

Based on online research, we came up with the following roller coaster plan:

  1. Full Throttle
  2. Goliath
  3. Green Lantern
  4. Batman the Ride
  5. Riddler’s Revenge
  6. Apocalypse
  7. Tatsu
  8. Ninja
  9. Superman
  10. Gold Rusher
  11. Colossus
  12. Scream!
  13. Road Runner Express
  14. Canyon Blaster
  15. Revolution
  16. Viper
  17. X2

Dave, Lauren and Sweet Tea rode coaster after coaster, sometimes staying on and going again. This is ideal if you are a pre-teen/teen but no so much for a 40ish person…no break in between coasters to regain your equilibrium! Poor Dave.

The bigger the drop, the more loops and the faster the better!

Yeah…the girls ride the Viper so many times that they posed for one shot.

I was happy to be the coat, sunglasses, backpack holder for the day. Very happy.

Until…toward the end of the day, the girls convinced me to ride one coaster. The Twisted Colossus. Dave and Lauren insisted it wasn’t bad at all, very mild. Now, how could I say no to the girls, especially to the one who had braved flying across the world to stay with a family she did not know? Each and every experience in America was new and potentially scary for Sweet Tea. So, I got on the ride.

(Picture taken from Six Flags google images)

Dave said his ears hurt from my screaming, Lauren said I sounded like a dying baby goat, and I was hoarse for the next two days. If Sweet Tea could speak English I’m pretty sure she would have added to the commentary. And, NO, I didn’t have my arms up…more like hanging on for dear life!

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Dave and I were walking behind Sweet Tea and Lauren when one pushed the other and they went back and forth, laughing and shoving each other. I looked at Dave and said, “Lauren is going to have a very hard time saying goodbye.” We found out soon enough that we would all have a very hard time saying goodbye.

“The risk of love is loss and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” Hilary Stanton Zunin

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