Monday, November 21, 2011

Lions, and Tigers, and Cheetahs, Oh My...

Busch Gardens Tampa is amazing! We had so much fun it's ridiculous. At around 9 am we picked up Karla and Keith and headed out. Of course, we managed to get lost but Karla saved the day and got us there. As we pulled up to the park we all turned into small children and couldn't contain our excitement. Once we got into the park the real fun began. We had only been there for approximately 2 minutes when we see a herd of Flamingos walking directly at us (No, Tim I did not try to steal you one). We then proceeded down the path and stumbled upon the Cheetahs. We seriously saw real cheetahs running around. They were big and slightly terrifying but still really cool. We headed over to a roller coaster but the line was so long we decided to come back to it later in the day. Instead, we got on this ride that takes you in the air through the park. While in the air we enjoyed a view of all the wild animals in the park. Then we happened to notice a rather large red and blue roller coaster. As we watched it, knowing we would later be getting on it, we became instantly nervous (Well, Keith wasn't but clearly he's not human). It was the single most terrifying thing I had ever seen. The hill was straight up, no gradual incline. Then as you are just about to go down the approximately 200 foot drop (straight down I may add) it stops you and you just hang there for a good 4 seconds before it lets you go. Terrifying. We made our way through the park trying to put it off for as long as possible, slowly getting even more nervous by the second. The time came, though, when we had to get on. As we waited in line (a short 15 minutes, thank God) the nerves really set in. I seriously thought I was going to be sick. Then, as we sat in the harnesses all strapped in I knew there was no turning back. So, I closed my eyes and as soon as we got to the top of the hill started screaming like a crazy person. Somehow, we all survived and even got on it again later. We spent the rest of the day (efficiently) making our way around the park. We got to pet Kangaroos and Wallabies!  We even accidentally caught a Christmas show (even though we had plenty of Christmas music throughout the day as it was playing everywhere we went). We stayed until the park closed and we couldn't walk any more. Overall, it was most definitely a success. 
Here are some of the best moments from our trip:

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