Atmosphere

On the Right Tracks

June 2011

Along with the longest day of the year, June brings a certain sense of joyful abandon that screams of summertime—and we do mean scream, especially from the top of Elitch Gardens’ iconic wooden roller coaster, the Twister II. Those shrieks of delight are the ultimate reward for Wayne Boger. As a second-generation wooden coaster supervisor, aka “coaster goat,” Boger, pictured here, is responsible every day for maintaining, repairing, and—by necessity—shimmying up the latticework of the winding white behemoth that’s thrilled nearly 12 million passengers over the years. For him, it’s the greatest job on earth. To see a day in the life of a Denver coaster goat, visit Just Coasting online at 5280.com/coastergoats.