How cool is this? Navy pilot builds roller coaster in backyard for 3-year-old son
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (KOMO) - An Oak Harbor man might have earned himself "Dad of the Year" honors for building a roller coaster in the backyard of his home for his 3-year-old son.
"We went to Disneyland and he just loved this really simple coaster that they had there," said Scott Brazelton.
Brazelton was planning to build a treehouse in the backyard, but decided to build the complex coaster instead.
"We just decided to go for it," said Brazelton. "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. Brazelton is a Navy pilot and was deployed in the Persian Gulf when Wyatt was born.
"Being in the military, we are gone a lot," said Brazelton. "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, who got his wife's approval before building in the backyard, spent three months designing and building the coaster under the guidance of Paul Gregg, a retired Boeing engineer who's published books about building backyard roller coasters.
"It looks complicated, but It's really just a bunch of (polyvinyl chloride) and two-by-fours put together in a way that makes it work," said Brazelton who spent about $1,000 for the project materials and about $300 on tools.
For Brazelton, the coaster is a way for him to be a kid again too -- a way to amuse the entire family.
"Doesn't get better than that for me," he said. "I love it. It's great."