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National Roller Coaster Day

Monday, August 19, 2019

This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Each year on August 16th, you will find people at amusement parks and theme parks across the country participating in National Roller Coaster Day. The oldest roller coasters are believed to have originated from the so-called “Russian Mountains.” Built in the 17th century, these were specially constructed hills of ice that were located near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The slides were made to a height of 70 to 80 feet consisting of a 50-degree drop and were reinforced by wooden supports. A roller coaster consists of one or multiple cars on a track, similar to a specialized railroad system that rises in designed patterns, sometimes with one or more vertical loops. Most kids love roller coasters. Did you enjoy them as a kid? Do you like them as an adult? When was the last time you were on a roller coaster? Would you get on one tomorrow if given the chance to?

I am not a roller coaster person. I never have enjoyed them. I’ve only ever ridden two roller coasters. When I was in high school, I rode the Mindbender at Six Flags Over Georgia. Here’s a picture of it. At one point you even go around a loop upside-down.

As an adult, I rode Space Mountain at Disneyworld (my boyfriend at the time talked me into it). It is an indoor roller coaster, and from what I remember, some of it was in the dark.

To me, roller coasters are scary, and not in a fun way. I don’t plan to ever ride another one in my life!

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