We’ve had a break in the heat. This past week it has cooled down to the 80’s. So much nicer. Makes your day at the park so much more enjoyable. In fact last Tue. it rained all day, so they closed the park. That does not happen very often. One evening I worked in Alpine which is in front of the park. I forgot my hat, so I went back in the morning to get it. I went in through the employees entrance about a half hour before opening. I retrieved my hat and decided to have a wonderful waffle cone made with Blue Bunny Ice cream. The Creamery faces the opening of the gates into the square. The girl said it was something to witness the opening of the park from the inside, so I sat their and waited…..and watched….
Our park characters came out to welcome everyone at the gates…..One of them is Bernie the St. Bernard……They each go to the 2 different gate openings.
Finally it was 10 am….The gates on both sides of the carousel opened. They were like a herd of cattle….Stampeding…..It was crazy they way they came in running as fast as they could to be the first…..lol….Not only the kids, the adults too….
Here is the inside of the Creamery. Very cheerful and bright….As I turned around to look through the doors, all the people came running from the 2 gates, converging on Main St..….For my own safety, I stayed inside until the “HERD” had passed…..Then I walked out with my wonderful Waffle cone filled with Chocolate Mint and Praline Pecans…..Mmmmmmm….so good…..
On my way out another Park Greeter…..Glad he has a Cane……Long fall if he tripped….
This week Rich has been the A-Train Engineer….The first picture is the station. Now this was an extremely hot day. That’s why the kids look so miserable…..lol… A friend of ours, Ron, asked his wife to come and take some pictures of Rich. I was trying to figure out how to take these pictures as I can’t bring in my phone. Theresa came in probably one of the hottest days. She did an awesome job. These pictures are so nice. Thanks again Theresa. Ron and Theresa will also be joining us at Eastgate this winter…..Can’t Wait….
THE A-TRAIN With Engineer Rich…..
This is my favorite picture. The train makes a round trip about every 15 minutes…..It Choo-choos as it leaves and comes into the station, and also has the old time bells that clang as it comes in also….Really neat….Now for our day off on a Friday……….
A friend from Eastgate text me, Gail. Gail and Dewey live near Kansas City. They wanted to come up and have lunch….We were so excited to see them. We met at Olive Garden on the west side of Des Moines. It was easier for them as it was a direct shot from their house.
We had such a wonderful visit with them. We probably sat their for over 2 hours. The waitress was very gracious. Gail and Dewey were winter residents of Eastgate for over 17 years. They both had other mates. Gail’s husband passed a number of years back, and her and Dewey got together. Such a wonderful Happy couple. Rich played pool with Dewey. He is a Pool Shark….lol…He is good and he believes in …..RULES……Don’t mess with him….Gail also plays pool. The women have their own pool time at the hall. Last February, they decided it was time to leave. It was sad but times change. Gail was missing out on her family as it grew. They both wanted to leave in a car….not a Body Bag. Sounds morbid doesn’t it. But many do.
This is their new adventure in life. They are looking for that first house together. In the mean time they are living with Gail’s daughter. They are such a Super Couple. We miss them, but they are really enjoying life. Thank You guys for taking the time to come and visit us……. Happy Trails…….
Another thing I want to mention is our daughter Tina, has a new Job. She works at the Putnam County Court house in Illinois as the Deputy Probation Officer.
She has now moved over to the Circuit Clerks office. She is now a Deputy Circuit Clerk.
This is her new office. We think this is pretty exciting news. Putnam County is the smallest county’s in Illinois. It consists of 6 small towns. In fact some are just villages. It has 1 school district consisting of 1 high school in Granville, 1 junior high outside of McNabb, and 2 other elementary schools in Hennepin and Granville. Lots of busing for the students, but it is a great county and school district to bring up your children. All 3 kids ended up moving back to Putnam Co. All the grandkids are attending school their. Remember when you were a kid? You couldn’t wait to graduate to leave and never come back…..lol….and then you grow up…..Common sense moves in….
I’ll close this blog with a few more pictures of the “Monster”. I never get tired of watching it. As I work games in the County Fair area, I look up and see the Monster all day. This was another picture taken by Theresa……..Yep….Not for me…
Nite time….It is such a beautiful site at night……You hear the car flying over the rails…The people screaming at every turn….the lights are dazzling….Music in the distance….If you look close, in the center you will see the cars on the Sky Ride…..It goes from one end of the park to the other at tree top level. That will help you understand the size of the “Monster”….It travels through the loops of the Monster. It was purchased from the 1974 Worlds Fair in Spokane Washington. Amazing isn’t it. Many of these rides have such a wonderful history.
This is another cool picture……The Storm Search looking through the loop of the Monster. The Storm Search was added in 2014. So only 3 weeks left of the park being open 7 days a week. After the 3rd week in August, it will open only weekends……
Whewwww……Were going to make it after all…..I had my doubts for awhile……