I love roller coasters. When we were at Sea World I had the chance to select one (due to time constraints) to ride, and I chose the Steel Eel. I had to ride it alone since the kids were too small and Lacey had to stay with them. I noticed a seat belt in addition to the restraint bar when I sat down, which I wasn't sure was a good sign. I double-buckled myself in and off we went.
Halfway up the first ascent I noticed how high I was. "Nice view," I thought to myself, but then we kept going up. As we neared the tipping point, I started to get nervous, and a little worried. This is a normal feeling for me on coasters, but the fear leading to exhilaration is what I like about riding them.
The cars passed the apex and we started to go down. I haven't been on a coaster with as sharp a drop as this before. Here is a picture, which unfortunately isn't mine, of the first descent.
The Steel Eel is fast! I quickly realized why the seatbelt was there - even being buckled in I was being pulled off the seat. A few times I thought my glasses were going to be thrown off! I still have bruises on the sides of my legs from trying to hold myself in to the cart.
There is at least one more roller coaster at Sea World - one of those where you hang your feet outside the carts, but I picked the Steel Eel because the track was longer and taller. Next time we'll check out all of them.