Saturday, June 07, 2008

Gardens and girls

On Friday I got to go to Busch Gardens in Tampa with 10, 11th grade girls. The free trip was a reward for being the BLG (Bible and Life Group) with the most guests at a youth event about 7 months ago. Although not everyone could be there, those that were able to make it made it such a blast! We went on every ride in the park and ate chicken fingers, fries, and funnel cake (my favorite). It was so hot but thankfully there were a ton of trees that provided enough shade to keep us from passing out, not to mention the $3 waters we could buy about every 10 feet. The cool thing about Busch Gardens is that it is like an amusement park and a zoo in one. We saw tons of wild life while walking between the roller coasters. My favorite ride from the day was called Sheikra. Here is how the website describes it:

In 2005, Busch Gardens Africa introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind experience: 200 feet up, 90 degrees straight down. And that was just the beginning. As the nation’s first dive coaster, SheiKra raised the bar with first-of-a-kind elements like a true 90-degree drop, an Immelmann loop and a second vertical dive into an underground tunnel.

Now, technology has raised that bar even higher, introducing SheiKra’s fans to an even greater thrill. In June 2007, Busch Gardens reintroduced SheiKra to the world with a new twist: “floorless” cars that allow riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush.

The name SheiKra evokes the power and speed of an African hawk as it twists and plunges - giving riders a 70 mph, adrenaline-pumping experience like no other. At 200 feet, SheiKra takes the crown as Florida's tallest roller coaster.

Floorless SheiKra: Nothing above you but air. Nothing below you but earth. And like nothing you've ever experienced.


Amanda said...

<-- Jealous!!!

Paul J. said...

I grew up in Tampa. Busch Gardens rules. The one in Virginia is really cool too.

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