Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I'm going to take this time to talk about one thing I'm really thankful for in my life and that is the ability to travel. This is because one of the greatest things about travel is that through your journey, you learn something about yourself, even when you go somewhere you are familiar with. For my case, the destination was Busch Gardens in Tampa. The lesson that I learned was that somehow, over the years, I turned into a coward.
My sister took me and my brother to Busch Gardens when I was visiting them in Tampa last month. If you are unfamiliar with the Busch, it's basically an animal conservatory mixed with pee-in-my-pants roller coasters. Now I've been on roller coasters before and not just the ones at Disney World. I've been on ones that flip, the ones that flip while you're legs are dangling, and the ones that flip while you're dangling and then spirals you downwards at 90 degrees. I did all of that before I even turned 18.
Flash forward to present day and I'm strapped into a ride called the Cheetah Run. It goes from 0 to 60 in mere seconds (like it's namesake) and it definitely has hairpins and flips on it's route. Now, these things I've done before but yet I find myself really contemplating my life's achievements and wondering if the newspaper would remember to write it down when they report of my untimely demise on this contraption.
Since I am now recapping my time there, we all know I survive and to be honest I didn't think I was actually going to die. But in the first moments of being belted into the roller-coaster, I definitely tried to think about all the hypotheticals and my last minute options.
Thankfully, my siblings didn't want to go on every ride and they also wanted to spend time looking at the animals. I mean, we do love our zoos...
Of course, besides looking at animals, we ate some as well. Instead of the usual amusement park fare of hot dogs and burgers, we got some barbecue for lunch! The portions are ginormous and my siblings split a meal but since I wasn't planning on hopping back onto a roller coaster any time soon, I was happy to eat my brisket and baked beans.
|Sight for these sore eyes...|
|I must admit, that water part is pretty cool.|
Oh yeah, travel tip for going to Busch Gardens: Bring quarters. Tons of it.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm thankful for being able to travel because I learn more about myself and I'm also thankful to my family, for letting me be myself.
What are you most thankful for today???