Years ago we took our children to Universal Studios and California Adventure in California. We decided to hit these theme parks and Knotts berry Farm because a few years before this we had done Disney Land and only Disney Land.
On this special trip (the last where we would share a room with our two children in a hotel) we found the ride “Soarin’ over California“. If you have been on this – you will immediately know of what I am referring. Those of you that have not – this is similar to an IMAX experience – only you are strapped into seats that move up and down – high in the air, giving the feeling of actually being a part of the action on the HUGE screen in front.
What’s so special about this ride is this: To enhance the enjoyment of all the senses they spray things into the air to make you feel like you are there smelling them in person. On this particular trip they sprayed pine into the air during the part where we were soaring over pine trees. It was an AMAZING sensory experience and like a wide-eyed little kid – I excitedly said to my kids, husband – and yes everyone around me, “Do you smell the PINE?”
I loved that ride so much – we did it again that afternoon. It wasn’t until later in the day, on our way back to our hotel room that my own dear SWEET children decided to have a good time (at my expense) and tease me UNMERCIFULLY about my, “Do you smell the PINE?” – imitating my voice in a much higher pitch than their own, all the while collapsing into fits of giggles.
Needless to say, they have NEVER let me forget about that trip – even though it’s been at LEAST 10 years since we took it. And I’m so glad to be able to offer amusement to my now GROWN-UP children, every time they remember that trip to California.
I must admit though, I’m pretty much like a kid again when the leaves turn in the fall and when the first snow of the season happens. If I have students here – I will be the one to stop what we’re doing and look outside, saying, “Look at the weather! It’s SNOWING!!!” And even though it has not happened yet – the fall weather reminds me that the seasons change and it will come around again – just like last year.
And like that trip where I smelled the pine – I can tell by the smell of the air that it’s going to rain, breathe in the cold, crisp air of fall and feel something else is coming – and LOVE the smell of snow in the air.
What do you love about this time of year?
Can YOU smell the Fall?
- California Adventure Rides (mademan.com)