Twenty years ago, I rode on a Ferry's Wheel at a Fair in the State of Ohio, USA. On the third round of the Ferry's Wheel, I was already feeling dizzy but there was no way, I could ask for the Ferry's Wheel to stop. By the time that I got out, I was super dizzy and that was the last time I rode on one. I avoided every rides.
But, on our visit to Silverwood Theme Park, my four year old was bugging me to get into one and she said that "I will be alright because she will be protecting me!"
I am a scarry cat of all theme parks so I wanted to overcome my fear. I decided to ride on a Ferris Wheel for a start with my niece and my 8-year old daughter.
Although, riding the roller coasters and crazy rides were not fun to me at all, I was abke to conquer my phobia!
I rode the log flume twice: one with my four year old niece and second, with my eight year old daughter.
The first time was with my daughter Sierra and she rode behind me which was not a good idea. Sierra is also a scarry cat like me. But the ride is not that all bad.
You get into this log which is only good for two people. It goes straight and floats on water and goes up high and then drops.
Make sure to hold your children when you go to the log flume and let them sit in front of you so you can get a grip on them just in case they get scared.
This is a roller coaster for teenagers and adults who are not scared at all. This roller coaster is crazy that it speeds up high and goes down really fast and twirls around.
Only experienced roller coaster riders come here.
My children Shelby and Rainier had been to too many roller coasters that I consider them both as seasoned riders without fear. They had been to roller coasters in Ohio, the Seven Flags in California, San Diego Seaworld Roller Coaster, etc.
There is a train that goes around the theme park and it stops in the middle of the woods. There are shows (skit) made by the staff where the train is being robbed. The sheriff is apparently outnumberd by the robbers.
The robbers goes from one passenger to another asking for jewelries, coins, etc. (of course, the passengers handed them some money for tips!).
While you are in the train, you will see staged old houses (circa 1800s) and herds of cows. In the middle of the woods, the train finally stopped. Passengers will be able to watch a skit of robbery.
The skit is probably about half an hour. You will also see duels on the ground, fighting, staged ransom, etc.
The carousel is fun for all ages. You can bring your infants, toddlers, teenagers, etc. here. This ride is fun and not "dangerous". Even my sister, who was pregnant at that time rode on the carousel.
There are chairs in the carousel for adults waiting for their children get off from the carousel.
With toddlers, my sister and I boarded the antique car! We drove along the designated lane at the park. It went along path of Evergreen trees and back to the ticket booth.
The kids love it because they think they were really driving the antique car!
This theme park is one of the attractions of C'ouer da Alane. Although it is actually located in Atol, Idaho, this theme park has many outrageous rides and activities that children, teenagers and adults will like.
This is one of the best place to bring your children on their birthdays if their birthdays fall in the summer! The park has many great package deals for birthday celebrants.
The park has many different rides and have many different activities, too for small children who can't qualify to get in to bigger and scarier rides.
Lake Walcott State Park/Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful getaway not far from Rupert in South-Central Idaho. Boating, swimming, fishing, camping, and disc golf are available for recreation. It is a huge oasis, green, serene, full of old trees, and surrounding a huge lake. There are easy trails for walking or biking within the green area of the park, as well as unpaved trails in the wildlife refuge for watching birds (owls, hawks, water birds) and other wildlife such as deer. There is also some historical interest, as it was one of the earliest dams built in the West and was also used as a CCC camp during the Depression. This is our favorite place for picnics and cooling off in the summer. During the week, especially, we seem to have the entire 65 acres to ourselves.
From White Bird, where we were staying, we were taken by 4x4 to a landing where we embarked on a tour of Hells Canyon with Killgore Adventures. Lunch and an unlimited (within reason) supply of chilled drinks were included.
We were on board a sizable speedboat which was expertly driven by the guide through rapids and even at one point submerged! (or at least water was above and around us) Unfortunately for Idaho, the state was experiencing forest fires, which meant a helicopter came down and filled up in the river just metres away. The burning walls of the canyon really gave Hell's Canyon a new meaning.
A must for those with a sense of adventure not quite ready for rafting or similar. En route we saw mountain goats and even an eagle. We were also given the chance for a swim in the calm waters.
OK, I just passed through Idaho Falls without stopping, but I took a few photos and decided I could do some research and create a tip or two on the town. My favorite thing in town is the official-looking sign that reads: "Warning to Tourists: Do Not Laugh at the Natives."
This is a pretty big town with 50,000 people, making it the state's fourth largest city. The Snake River runs through town, and is really the reason for the location of the town, originally founded at a bridge crossing the river. The town was named Idaho Falls in 1891 because of the falls in the river just below the bridge.
One of the largest industries in the area is the Idaho National Laboratory, originally the National Reactor Testing Station. This site allowed nearby Arco, Idaho, to be the first town in the world to be powered entirely by atomic energy in 1955. This facility was also the site of America's only fatal nuclear accident when three military members were killed in 1961 after an experimental reactor melted down.
This is the oldest building in Idaho. It dates from 1853 and was built by Jesuit Priests. There are actually several buildings on the site but the main building, the mission building itself, is simple yet beautiful.
There are walking trails around the site as well as an Indian village, a parish house, a barn, a mill, and lots to keep anyone busy. It would be a fun and educational place to take children.
This is really just a gas station and country store, but their claim to fame is that this is the "Home of the World Famous Square Ice Cream Cone." On their wall they post statistics for ice cream cones sold per weekend, and they claim they happily served 9,841 cones during Memorial Day Weekend, 19,043 cones over the 4th of July, and 9723 cones during Labor Day. Assuming the holiday weekend is three days and they are open 12 hours a day, they would have averaged over 500 ice cream cones sold each hour!
They have gas, restrooms, soft drinks, country crafts and gifts, and more crammed into this store that is much more modern than you'd expect.
Open daily all year.
Scenic Route 31 is an alternate route between Idaho Falls and Jackson, WY, and is known as the Teton Scenic Byway. The scenic route actually runs just 20 miles or so between Swan Valley and Victor, ID. In the winter Route 31 might be open while much steeper Route 21 over Teton Pass could be restricted to vehicles with chains or even closed. The route passes though Targhee National Forest and its wonderful pine forests.
Interstate 15 passes a lot of farms in Idaho. I saw a lot of cows and horses, but few other animals. Most crops seemed to be the straw that was stored in the numerous barns, many of which were buried in earth.
Southern Idaho's farming was largly influenced by the Mormon settlers who brought both irrigation and dry farming techniques to the region. Today agriculture is estimated to provide 100,000 jobs and produce well over 4 trillion dollars in sales, mostly livestock and dairy products. As you can imagine potatoes are a major crop in the state, but they lag behind Idaho's top crop, barley.
Indian Rocks State Park is an odd park that runs along both sides of Interstate highway 15 for several miles in southern Idaho. From the highway the park appears to be miles of rock piled up in the shape of a military fortress in the center of the valley. Later you might pull off at a rest area and realize these rocks are ancient volcanic formations.
The entrance to the park is at its southern edge.
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539 Pole Line Rd, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301, United States
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