The roller coaster rider

The Loch Ness Monster's interlocking loops
When the husband told me of his desire to take me to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia I answered saying: "Great. But no roller coasters." "We’ll see," he said under his breath.

As soon as we arrived, the first thing we did was ride a roller coaster, the park’s legendary Loch Ness Monster. I have no idea how he convinced me to do it. I just succumbed so quickly — with no resistance. The experience was terrifying in every sense of the word. I was so scared that I decided to close my eyes during the ride and pretend that the whole roller coaster experience was just a bad dream. As soon as this near-death experience came to an end, the beaming husband asked me how I felt. "I need a beer," was my reply.

The day rolled on with still more adventures including haunted houses, bumper cars, Halloween shows, water rides and one more roller coaster. Yes, I succumbed one more time. "I want to you to share my love for roller coasters," he said in his latest attempt to convince me to ride another roller coaster — this time the Big Bad Wolf. I obliged for I’m too weak. This second ride was as terrifying as the first except that this time I decided to conquer my fear and keep my eyes open. I did not conquer anything. I was scared to death.

By the end of the day, yes, the husband wanted to try yet another roller coaster. This time I resisted. "Come on how can you keep doing this?" I asked a bit annoyed.
"Well I’m like Grissom in CSI. I love riding roller coasters," he explained.
"Did he say that in the show?" I asked.
"Oh yeah," the husband said smiling. "Do you know when I was about fifteen, my friend Steve and I once rode the Loch Ness some 25 times in one day."

After three years of marriage I discovered something new about my husband: he rides roller coasters.

The Alpengeist
Das Festhaus
Le Scoot


  1. lammoush September 27, 2006 at 1:17 am

    lol u reminded me, i went on the world’s steepest roller coaster!! i could actually hear my heartbeat! and i tried to scream but no voice went out hahahah
    u will love them eventually! beleive me!

  2. Dave September 27, 2006 at 6:18 am

    Ah, you missed the best two coasters in the park: Apollo’s Chariot and Alpengeist! Busch Gardens is one of the most beautiful theme parks in America, however, so there’s a lot to enjoy even if you aren’t a coaster rider.

  3. moi September 27, 2006 at 10:53 am

    I agree with Dave, Busch Gardens is so beautifully designed and it’s really lots of fun. I love riding roller coasters, and Apollo’s Chariot is amazing! It takes your breath away šŸ˜‰

  4. Luai September 27, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Ya big baby! Next time put your hands in the air, I promise you’ll enjoy the ride more šŸ˜‰

  5. Scooby September 27, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    I remember going to the Busch Gardens as a kid, many, many years ago. It is a great park. Glad to see that you went.

  6. kinzi September 27, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    Do it now before kids for love…after pregnancy, you will toss your cookies on roller coasters and even Jeff will consider asking Steve along to ride while you watch.

    My boys begged me to go on those things at Disneyland, they all helped me stagger off the ride as I prayed to God not to let me throw up in public. It was kind of funny to watch their concerned faces “do you remember what she does when we throw up?”

  7. Mike September 27, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    Life, as we all know, is like a roller coaster ride with all of its ups and downs — and even more like life with a spouse doing the selling of those rides to another spouse.

    It could be a sign. I’m going way out on a limb here and saying that the lives of Natasha and Jeff will have their ups and downs.

    My God. They’ve been married three years already!?

  8. dm September 27, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Roller coasters are absolutely the best! I have to say that the best one I’ve ever been on is Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster at MGM Studios in Disney World. SO much fun!

  9. Mike September 27, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Of course, if you’re 8 years old and have eaten too much cotton candy, drank too much soda pop and the summertime humidity is making it impossible to breath — and you remember your parents shaking their heads as they cleaned up — well, that one roller coaster ride wasn’t so good.

    Kids should know their limits, too.

  10. Christina January 21, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    These are great pictures of Busch Gardens! I grew up going to that park millions of times every summer, and it was magical every time! I see you went to Myrtle Beach, as well. I’ve been there a few times, getting a break from school and relaxing with the boyfriend. Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown are amazing, aren’t they? I did those tours while I was in school in Virginia, and didn’t really appreciate them until I was an adult. I’m so happy you were able to experience Virginia, and also Myrtle Beach!!


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