Today was the day. My excitement level was over the chart when I woke up this morning, since I realized that our departure for Hershey Park was only one hour away! My enthusiasm was not the only thing that I woke up to, as I soon discovered a giant spider hanging out in my sink. I spent a good thirty-minutes staring at it and willing myself from bolting out of the room, before I finally dealt with it. Despite having my sink be contaminated by such an ugly creature, I remember reading something about how finding spiders in your room in the morning is actually a good omen. This lovely forecast of a wonderful time did stick with me throughout the day however, even after I ended up sending the spider to its inevitable death.
|On our way to Hershey Park|
Finally arriving at the amusement park was amazing, although I suspect that everyone was sort of confused on how it was a little Christmas themed. Our first mission of the day was to go on one of the rides to collect data using our accelerometers. My group and I chose our ride to be a "thrill" rated roller coaster called the "Comet". I was feeling doubtful about the ride as we waited in line for twenty minutes for only a short two minute ride on the coaster.
Anxiety started to creep in as soon we got onto the "Comet"—partially because I was hoping that the data we collected on our first try was good enough, but mostly because I had never been on a roller coaster before. I had a great first experience on them, although the only thing that kept running through my mind was, "Is this roller coaster ride even legal?" since it was going at a much faster speed than I expected. It turned out that I was just being a wimp, but our data seemed to be decent enough, so we dropped off the accelerometer to Brian, and were allowed to have some free time at Hershey Park!
|Top: Comet Sign for the ride; Bottom: View of some geese|
|View from the Ferris Wheel|
Overall, my day at Hershey Park was just sublime and I couldn't think of any better reason to be there than to learn more physics with my class. The drive back to UPenn took longer than I expected, so I missed out on the program's Friday night movie activity. It was not a problem though, since I was given a lot of time to go to the gym again and fully make this a productive day. After that, I went back to my dorm to start packing a bit for tomorrow's trip to the beach in Ocean City!
|On the Ferris Wheel!|