The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on time at 8:56 a.m. EDT on May 16,k 2011. In this video the shuttle is traveling to the International Space Station on its STS-134 mission and final flight as the Obama administration has canceled this part of the space program.
In Florida I went on an airboat ride. We went out on a swamp got covered with bugs but we saw an alligator and lots of neat colorful birds. After the airboat ride I got to hold a small alligator and it felt like leather on top. I learned that the top front part of their head will deflect a bullet.
I went to Busch Gardens and rode roller coasters. There was one called the SheiKra that went about 200 feet up and held you over a 90 degree drop for 4 seconds before dropping you off this 200 foot vertical drop. I got really wet when we went on the riverboat ride. The riverboat is fun but it wasn’t my favorite ride.
My favorite ride at Busch Gardens was Montu that was named after an Egyptian god of war. This is one of the world’s tallest and longest inverted coasters. On this ride you went up really high, did a lot of flips and curlicues so that a lot of the time you were upside down. It takes you out of a loop, into a curlicue and into an immelmann. An immelman is a loop and a twist where it takes you up high in the air and you come down in a different direction.
I went to Walt Disney World where I rode Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and several others. I am not sure which one was my favorite but Big Thunder Mountain was fun.
At Epcot I really liked Tests Track. Test Track is a high-speed car simulation ride. If you go to Tests Track get in the single rider line because it is really fast and that day looked even faster than the Fastpass line.
We also went to 3 animal parks including Sea World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Busch Gardens. My favorite of the animal’s parks was the one at Busch Gardens. As far as rides at animal parks the Montu at Busch Gardens and the Kraken at Sea World were my favorites. The Kraken is a ride is the highest, longest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando. You go up about 150 feet in the air and get turned over several times.
We also rented go-carts. My dad and grandpa had better go carts than me because you had to be 16 to have the fastest go-carts. I power slid around a corner and the go-cart broke down on me. Still, it was a blast and I rode over 10 miles on it. At the go-cart track they had alligators that I got to feed.
At the condo I did lots of swimming, something I don’t get to do in Oregon this time of year because I don’t have a pool and it’s too cold. In Florida it is hot and humid around 70 to 80 degrees and I got sun burnt but the heat still felt really good.
Next we are going to be going to the Kennedy Space center and then flying back home and it is back to school.
The night I get back from Florida I have my first Babe Ruth Baseball game of the season and can hardly wait to start playing baseball again.
I hope you haven’t allowed politics to ruin your spring break. Have lots of fun, don’t worry about politics or school just kick back and relax. That’s all, I just wanted to say hello to all of you.
OORAH for spring break