A dad in Washington state built a roller coaster in the backyard of his home for his 3-year-old son.
Navy pilot Scott Brazelton was initially planning to build a treehouse in the backyard, but he said, "We went to Disneyland and he just loved this really simple coaster that they had there. We just decided to go for it. If it was a complete failure, then that's what it was but it was a fun project and, I mean, what kids don't like coasters, right?"
The coaster wasn't just about the challenge. Brazelton built it to spend quality time with his son, Wyatt, who was born while he was deployed in the Persian Gulf.
Brazelton said, "Being in the military, we are gone a lot. It's a great career, great opportunity but the time at home definitely counts and definitely matters. So this was a way to bring us all together, do something constructive and spend time together doing something fun."
Brazelton spent three months designing and building the coaster under the guidance of Paul Gregg, a retired Boeing engineer who has published books about building backyard roller coasters.
He says he spent about $1,000 for the project materials and about $300 on tools.
Source: The Seattle Times