Underneath a Golden Trumpet Tree at Epcot… Man it smelled pretty!
Golden Trumpet Tree is often seen as a small, 15 to 25-foot tall tree but can reach 50 feet, with a rounded, spreading canopy in a wind-protected area. Sometimes evergreen but most often deciduous, Golden Trumpet Tree has four-inch-long silvery leaves with tan, fuzzy undersides. These leaves drop for a short period in April to May, and it is at this time that the trees put on their heaviest flowering display, the trumpet-shaped, bright yellow blossoms appearing in dense 2.5 to 8-inch-long terminal clusters. Some trees produce a small number of flowers sporadically throughout the warm season. The eight-inch-long seed capsules which follow are brown, hairy, and persist on the tree through the winter.
Manta at Sea World in Orlando, Florida is quite possibly the most fun roller coaster I have ever ridden…. I love the suspended feeling of “flying”!
The roller coaster has 3,359 feet (1,024 m) of track, and reaches a height of 140 feet (43 m). It includes four inversions and reaches speeds in excess of 56 mph. Statistically, this makes Manta the second-longest, tallest and fastest flying roller coaster in the world.
Manta begins as the roller coaster train departs the station and climbs the 140-foot-tall lift hill. At the peak, the train dives down towards the right and then swoops upward, prior to entering the 98-foot-tall pretzel loop. The train dives head-first to the ground and then climbs back to the top of the element. It next takes a U-turn to the left through the pretzel loop, after which it encounters a counter-clockwise in-line twist. As Manta exits the twist, it enters a 270-degree downward helix to the right, passing close to the ground below and crossing through the pretzel loop a second time as it enters its first corkscrew. After the corkscrew, the train climbs up above the station’s return track and reaches the mid-course brake run.
Manta enters the second part of the course by diving down towards a lagoon near the theme park entrance, banking to the right as it approaches. The wings of the lead car appear to skim the surface, kicking up a splash of water (created instead by timed water jets). The train rises, still banked to the right, before diving again, this time towards a waterfall as it continues turning to the right. After missing the waterfall by inches, Manta then enters its final inversion, a second corkscrew, prior to a final U-turn leading to the final brake run and the return to the station.
Bonus Pic! 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS – Just too cool not to share! I’d drive it in a minute!