Natural Thrills
Published on August 29, 2011 by Sara Foss

In this week's column at the DG, I write about the joys of body surfing, white water rafting, hiking and bobsledding. But mostly about body surfing, which is one of my favorite things ever. My thesis: Sometimes nature can be a little bit like an amuseument park. 

Here's an excerpt:

"When I was a kid, I loved amusement parks.

I loved roller coasters and Ferris wheels and bumper cars and that pirate ship that swings back and forth and sends you surging into the air at absurd angles.

I still like these things, but it’s been years since I’ve been to an amusement park.

At some point, I outgrew them, and although I still regard them as fun, despite the crowds and high prices, it never occurs to me to round up a group of friends and spend the day at an amusement park. For one thing, nobody except me would want to go, and even I don’t really want to go, because of the aforementioned crowds and high prices.

But I do enjoy a good thrill every now and again, and amusement parks are reliable and time-tested providers of thrills. A good ride makes me burst out laughing, while the surge of adrenalin accompanying its scary heights and hair-raising turns is strangely addictive."

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