Riding amusement park rides for 1st time in 30 years
Monday, September 13, 2010
I took 2 of my grandkids and my daughter to an amusement park yesterday since we had to be in Albuquerque for daughters dr appt today. We all had such a great time. We were there for about 3 1/2 hours and was really tired by the end of the time. I got on some of the rides with them, and I rode the roller coaster by myself because no one wanted to go with me. I have a bad fear of heights, and dropping down the drops. But I had decided to face my fears and do the rides anyway. I didn't quite get the nerve to ride the biggest roller coaster, called the Rattler. But the smaller one was exciting. I can't say I'm in a rush to do it again. The times when it turns sidesways were pretty scary. But maybe one day I will do it again. This was really a major thing for me, do face these things at 55 years old. I rode another ride with my daughter and granddaughter (age 7) that was a that took us up in the air and swung us down, back and forth. I forget what it was called. But it's kind of a large platform with a lot of seats all on the one platform and not indidual cars or something like that. I really had fun in that one but daughter was totally freaked. Granddaughter was freaked but still seemed to have fun. Grandson (age 10) refused to get on with us and just watched us. Me and grandson also did the disco bumper cars. He is exactly 54 inches tall. So he also rode in the kiddie bumper cars with granddaughter. You had to be 54 inches or under to ride those. You had to be at least 54 inches tall to ride the disco bumper cars. He was exactly the right height to be able to get into later. If we go back again sometime he will probably have grown an inch and not be able to ride the kiddie bumper cars with his sister. She was disappointed she couldn't ride the disco bumer cars but her mom and her went on the tilt o whirl instead so it all worked out. Everyone had such a great time. And I felt so good that I have lost enough weight to feel comfortable getting into these things, and have enough self confidence to do it. I was able to face my fears and ride on some rides I wouldn't have in the past and had fun at it. I didn't go to on some rides but that's okay. My daughter and granddaughter went on this ride that went in a circular track and was kind of like a roller coaster but it went fast. Then they stopped for a second and the ride controller asks do you want to go faster and everybody screams yes so the speed it up. Then they do this again and go even faster. Then they go backwards. I didn't want to try that one because I was afraid that one would make me extremely sick. Grandson didn't want to do that one either so we just watched them. They had fun. But my daughter got a little sick to her stomach after she rode that one, then the tilt o whirl, then the one she did with me that took us in the air and swung us back down. My stomach wouldn't have handles that!
We rode a few other rides and we all just had such a great time. This is something my grandkids have never got to do before. They've ridden a few rides at the little carnivals that travel through our town, but they are nothing like this. Grandson asked if we could go there for his birthday in May. We'll see.
My last memory of an amusement park before this was when I was about 21 or so and with my younger brother at another park that was near El Paso Tx. The only thing I remember from that was the extreme terror I felt on the ferris wheel. I don't remember whether we rode anything else that time, only the ferris wheel. Someday I want to ride a ferris wheel and face that fear. I didn't see one at this park though.
People might wonder why in the world I wanted to go do these things at my age. But my young heart had a blast. Who cares what age I am. Sometimes it's great to be a kid again.