All About the View

The Ferris Wheel has always been my favorite ride, as it takes you high up in the air and brings you back down again, but it is not jerky like a roller coaster.  I like being near the clouds when I am at the top, as it makes me feel like I can touch the sky or fly like the birds.  When my carriage rotates back down to the bottom, I cannot wait to get back up on top again.  This one is probably more for kids, but when the fair comes to town, I never miss my chance to ride on the Ferris Wheel.  It’s beautiful in the daytime, but it becomes irresistible at night with its neon lights glowing.  I have been on The London Eye and The Orlando Eye, and I have also ridden the one on the Santa Monica pier, which is probably my favorite.  I learned about apparent weight in my Physics class and although I think of the Ferris Wheel as being a slow-moving object, I can detect that I feel “heavier” as I approach the bottom of the ride, because the normal force of my seat must increase, and the centripetal force is now pulling me up.  Acceleration which is the rate of change of the velocity has caused my apparent weight to change and this is the exact same thing that happens to astronauts when they are in orbit.  I know that I am not weightless, but I do enjoy the feeling of being lighter.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #443 hosted by weejars aka Sarah.

16 thoughts on “All About the View

  1. I’ve been on a Ferris Wheel one time when I was about 12 or so and that was the last time. It was one where your legs dangled free and all I felt on the ride was fear that I was going to fall. The next time I ride one will be because someone’s forcing me at gunpoint!

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    1. I went on the Dixie Twister, which is like a Ferris Wheel, but a little more complex, as it is for 2 riders who sit across facing each other and there is a wheel between them that you can turn to make the car spin, so it is a lot more fun.

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