By Daniel Richardson, Class of 2015
At approximately 6:10 AM on December 5, 2013, the majority of our junior class, bleary eyed and shivering from the cold spring air, loaded in our vehicles and departed for the annual field trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. After a ten-hour drive filled with movies, Mad Libs, and sleeping, we finally arrived. Busch Gardens is home to some of the most impressive roller coasters in America. This field trip promised to be one of the most exciting we’d ever taken. But why, you might ask, were we taking a field trip to a theme park in the first place?
In physics we had been studying Newton’s laws of motion and how they might play out in a roller coaster. We were actually able to design our own as a second quarter class project. That project culminated with this trip as we went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner working of these massive coasters.
Not only was this trip informative, it was also an experience that strengthened our bond as a class. It will be a while before I forget the bird that landed on Bobby’s head or sprinting throughout the park trying to catch a train with Ethan.
As someone who is not exactly a roller coaster fanatic, I had a surprisingly good time. Going into the trip, I promised myself that I would at least try two of the seven coasters on site, but with a little peer pressure and Mr. Carrell’s firm assurance that I would survive, I soon found myself riding one after another until I had ridden every last one.
The Busch Gardens trip makes our school unique. I mean, how many people can say that they took a field trip to ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens? Or even better, that they actually learned something along the way?