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31 day Blog Challenge | day 8

Welcome to a new week in the challenge. If you want to read from the beginning, day 1 can be found here. As I’m writing this, it’s Tuesday, but the topic would be more suited to a throwback Thursday. I’m going to share an old photo of me, and tell you a little bit about it

I wasn’t sure just how ‘old’ of a photo to choose, and as most photo’s taken more recently are digital, I had to dig out my old box of photos. Apart from the picture of me in the childhood memories post (which you can read here), most of my childhood photos are still at my parents’ house. I do have some from my pre-teen and teenage years though.


In this pebble patterned box, I have photographs ranging from around the age of 10 or 11 up to around 18. Pictures of holidays, school trips, hanging out with friends, pictures of my first boyfriend, and a lot of random moments that I’d all but forgotten about until this morning.

One picture that brought back a lot of fun memories was this one.

me and my dad, Busch Gardens 1996

This is me and my dad, on our first holiday to Florida, in 1996. I’d be 12 in this picture. That first time we went to the USA we booked a two-centre holiday where the second week was spent down on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, at St Pete’s Beach. While we were in the area, we went to Busch Gardens. This ride was the Tanganyika Tidal Wave, which closed in the spring of 2016. It was basically a log ride, but the fun part was after you exited the ride. A bridge crossed the track of the ride, and when a log boat came down the final drop, it caused a huge wave to completely soak anyone on the bridge. The wave would hit you with quite some force too!

So, my dad and I, being the crazy, ride-loving, thrill seekers that we are, decided we had to do this. And, bear in mind that this was The Gulf Coast, in late May. It was hot! Even though we had seen others get hit by the wave, I think we underestimated just how wet we were going to get. Thankfully, you can see I was wearing sandals, my dad’s trainers did not dry out until the next morning, meaning he had to walk around the park AND drive back to the hotel with soggy feet. Not fun.

We’ve still not learned our lesson though and will seek out the ‘splash zones’ on all the water rides in all the parks. The Jurassic River Adventure has a great splash zone, but that’s a story for another time.

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me. Do you remember this ride? Leave me a comment with your favourite water rides, or do you avoid them at all costs? If you liked reading this, please leave a like and follow the blog for more posts coming up.

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