One evening a few years back a swift and torrential rainstorm hit our favorite amusement park, Idlewild in Ligonier, PA, with ten minutes of sideways rain and wind. After a long, fiercely hot day, the relief was almost welcomed. Better still, when the rain passed the park stayed open even though the lions share of the crowds ran for home like a flock of mewing sheep. We few who remained had the place to ourselves for the last 90 minutes of the day–no lines, the fallen rains rising as mists from the warm earth, and the extraordinarily subtle play of the bright lights within the mist. We rode the rollercoaster 8 times in a row without waiting. And yes, at the end, there were funnel cakes.