What started out as a dismal Saturday in Pace’s North Hall parking lot, ended up being an eventful day with thrills that people of any age could enjoy. After checking in with Professor Walther, members of the Honors College boarded the Pace bus and began the two-and-a-half-hour journey. At first, our moods were dampened by the clouds and the rainy forecast, but as we made our way to Jackson, NJ, the sun eventually came out and had everyone excited for the rides to come.
Although the ride to Six Flags was a quiet one, everyone was awake and alert as the bus pulled into the parking lot. Many of us questioned how daring we felt as we looked up at the enormous rollercoaster, Kingda Ka. The tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world taunted us as we exited the bus and made our way into the park.
Due to the predicted thunderstorms, a game plan had to be made. After some deliberation, it was determined that two o’clock was going to be the meeting time to decide the fate of the remaining day. That being said, the group parted ways, deciding which rides to go on first.
The overcast weather seemed to have kept many patrons away from the outdoor theme park; lines for the rides were very short, if there were any at all. Members of the Honors College were able to go on just about any ride they wanted. El Toro, which holds the record for the country’s steepest wooden rollercoaster, seemed to be a crowd favorite. Other pulse-pounding roller coasters included Nitro, which had a twenty-three story drop, and the new ride Bizarro, a coaster that let riders experience fire and fog while soaring through the air.
Unfortunately, when the group met at two o’clock, the rain had already started, causing our day to end early. Despite the weather, we had a great time at Six Flags, getting on most of the rides we wanted - - without having to wait on a long line. All in all, it was a great day, and I can’t wait to go back next year!