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Archive for September 2014

Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 3: Montana – Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park On Sunday, August 24 we drove through Idaho to our hostel in Columbia Falls, MT. On the way we saw the most beautiful scenery imaginable of this “Big Sky Country” with mountain, river and lake views around every turn. After arriving at our hostel around 8:00, we went to dinner in Whitefish, MT at The Craggy Range for a very good meal. On Monday we got up early to begin our drive through Glacier National Park, the first of 6 national parks from 2 countries on our tour. Entering the park from the west, we drove along […]

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Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 2: Idaho – ACE Day at Silverwood & North Idaho Fair & Rodeo

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ACE Day at Silverwood On Saturday, August 23 we drove to Idaho for the only ACE event of our trip, at Silverwood in Athol, ID. This was the largest park on our trip and with 2 highly regarded coasters, it was greatly anticipated. We purposely planned the trip to coincide with the regional ACE Day at Silverwood to maximize our time here. We were very pleased with the theming, rides and beauty of the park. I will review it by its themed sections. Main Street Steam Engine Train: Historic Engine No. 7 travels in a large loop around the park’s […]

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Pacific Northwest Trip 2014 – Part 1: Washington – Seattle, Country Mercantile & Riverfront

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On Thursday August 21 I flew to Seattle, WA to join some friends for a tour of the Pacific Northwest, an area I had never been to. Our trip would include 4 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. While we would visit 10 amusement parks, most of them small, we would also visit 6 national parks and sightsee in Vancouver and Seattle. I met up with Richard Bostic and Vanessa Thomas that evening and we would meet David Lipnicky the following evening in Spokane. Although our Washington visits involved parts of 4 days at the beginning and end of the […]

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Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water & Theme Park

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While I was in Texas visiting my aunt in Tyler I made the 4 hour drive to Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water & Theme Park in Hot Springs, AR on Friday, July 25. My only other visit to this park was in 2009 and the park was having significant issues. The park’s ownership had just transitioned the previous year from Parc Management to CNL and for various reasons about half of the rides, including 4 of the 6 coasters were closed. Later that season they got their act together and got most of the rides open, but it left […]

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