Tuesday, July 21, 2009

An unforgatable rollercoaster ride

So, for those of you who don't know I am an adrenaline junkie. I love roller coasters, skydiving, white water rafting, ziplining etc.... whatever I can do to get the thrill going. Well, today was no different. I went with some friends to Elitches ( which is the Six Flags in Denver). We had an odd number of us in our group, so we would take turns riding solo or riding with a new friend. We were in line for my favorite ride there the TWISTER 2. Which is a wodden coaster, with two pretty big drops.
There were a group of mentally challenged/low functioning down syndrome boys about ages 12-16 that were there on a day outing with their camp who were in line with us as well. They were so excited, and kept telling my friends and I all about the ride. I then turned to one of the boys and asked if he wanted to ride with me..... (let me try to paint this most memorable picture in your mind.)...... He looked at me with the brightest brown eyes and a smile that touched each ear, clapped his hands, jumped up and down, and then told his friend in his lispy voice as he placed his short stubby hand on my shoulder. " I am gonna ride with her, she is scared!" It was all I could do to not laugh, as I was not scared at all, but if he thinks so, than so be it. All of his friends began to clap their hands and jump up and down as well. Before we knew it, we were up and he "helped me "into me seat, tried to help me with my seatbelt, and kept saying:" its gonna be great, its gonna be awesome, its not gonna be scary, you just wait and see. "
As we began the climb to the top, he kept looking at me, I would smile back, talk about how close to the top we were. He then reached over and grabbed my arm, and told me that I have to put my arms up in the air, so I did just as we bagan to drop........ the ride began. All I could do was look at my new freind as he was laughing from the bottom of his stomach, with a permanent smile on his face, his eyes big , and having the time of his life!! I have never had as much fun riding a coaster as I had that ride. I will never forget my new friend and how he taught me to laugh from the bottom my stomach, as if nothing else in the wordl mattered if only for 45 seconds. ..... Thanks buddy :)


  1. adrenaline junkie??? really? who knew... obviously not me :)

    That is SUCH a sweet story. Keep em coming

  2. I remember our trip there in college one summer in the Geo with no air conditioner. We had a blast! Except for the nasty hotel we stayed in and the weirdo we had to ditch...remember that! Wish we all could live our lives with their outlook and attitude! Thanks for making his day!