Saturday, August 27, 2011

Silverwood Theme Park

I awoke on the morning of my 50th birthday to my hubby telling me he was taking me to Silverwood as my birthday surprise. It was a wonderful surprise, I thought we were going fishing.

I've been wanting to go to Silverwood for years and just hadn't gotten around to it. Either I didn't have the time or didn't have the money. Hubby along with a couple of friends got together and got details worked out and off we went.

First thing we did was hop on the train that runs the the grounds of the park:


Train ride


And got "robbed":


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Train robbery


The whole act was fun and the money goes to charity.

Then it was off to the rides. It has been almost 20 years since I was last on a roller coaster and I wasn't disappointed. The first one I tried was the Corkscrew:


The Cork Screw



The Cork Screw


The Cork Screw


All in all I rode Tremors and the Panic Plunge. Since it has been so long since I've ridden I have found out a few things. I can't tolerate inversion as much as I used to so I was very woozy coming off the Corkscrew. I already knew I can't do backwards so while I looked wistfully at Aftershock, I knew if I did I was going to be curled up on the ground and not a terribly happy camper (yes it would have been fun, but I really loath throwing up). I didn't get to Timber Terror, that will be another trip (when I will see about the water rides).

The day we went the crowds weren't very big, in fact we'd just missed two record breaking days on Friday and Saturday. The longest I had to wait in line was 20 minutes for Tremors.

As a fat chick I was a bit worried that I would not be able to ride, but there was no problems for me with the exception of Tremors when I couldn't fasten the seat belt. The attendant was great. He said the belts in the seats behind me were longer and I simply switched seats with the couple behind me. I did have a little trouble with the belt, but that was because I kept trying to hook it with my shirt in the way. The attendant was again helpful and got it latched just fine.

I found the whole park to be great for walking, esp with a bad knee. I had my stick along and there were very few steep slopes to go up (mostly for the rides). There were plenty of places to sit, be they benches, low walls or green grass in the shade.

We hit the water park just after lunch and had a blast. Dang near drowned in the wave pool, I am used to swimming in ocean waves, so the pool was a bit of surprise. It was great to see people of all shapes and sizes enjoying the water.

Prices for food were not outrageous. You can't bring in your own, unless it is formula for infants. That say they had a special deal where you pay about $9 for a cup with a cap and straw and with the wrist band you get free refills any place that sold fountain drinks (soda and ice tea). This is a great deal, we stayed hydrated all day and have great souvenirs (I use my cup at work for my water). If we take them next time we go back we can get 99 cent refills.

I found all the park staff to be friendly and ready to help. I did mange to get a good sized blood blister in my big right toe and was able to visit the first aid office for a band aid. When we got there the office was closed, but the people in the shop next door called someone down. I was a bit embarrassed to make someone come in for a blister, but they said it is what they are there for and happy to do so.

They have a decently sized handicapped parking area right at the front of the park, but it is advisable to get there early as the spaces fill up fast. Main parking is across the highway and there is a pedestrian underpass for people to get to the park.

Food booths and restaurants are scattered throughout the park and plenty of shops for picking up souvenirs. They have one kiosk that sells glow in the dark goodies, we picked up two ray guns and a light sword that has different settings of lights and colors. That kiosk doesn't open until just before dark.

I had a seriously wonderful time and hope to get back again to ride the rides I missed the first time and have more fun.




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Scotty's Third Base Grill

A few weeks ago the hubby and I were on the look out for some place new to eat down in the Lewiston Valley, so I popped on to Urbanspoon to see what I could find. After skimming thru a few reviews we settled on Scotty's Third Base Grill.

They have a fairly simple menu:





That first time I had the chili burger and fries sans bun and the hubby got their gyro.

YUM!

Fast forward to Aug 6th and a trip down to Lewiston and we popped in again.

YUM! again.

This time hubby went for the cheese burger with fries:


and I opted for the gyro salad:


The salad was so good I didn't miss the pita and loved the substantial cucumber slices, the tzatziki was thick and creamy and a wonderful counterpoint to the gyro meat.

The hubby loved that the vegetation for the burger was tucked underneath (he isn't a big lettuce on burgers fan) and was able to add the amount he wanted along with the onions and pickle and I got the rest of the lettuce (turning a large salad into a HUGE salad!).

His burger was made from local beef and was yummy (I tried a bit without the bun) and the amount of fries was so great I didn't feel a least bit guilty snagging some off of his plate. The fires with fry sauce were fantastic, they were even better dipped into the tzatziki sauce.

The atmosphere of the place is laid back and the staff is very friendly. The owner himself pops out of the kitchen to chat with patrons and waits tables when needed.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rango

We finally got around to watching the Johnny Depp movie Rango. We picked up on pay per view thru Dish and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it is.

In my opinion tho, a kids movie it is not, at least for little kids. The whole tone of the movie is more along the lines of the realistic modern cowboy movie then the Saturday morning fair I grew up with.

Johnny Depp is the voice of a chameleon who finds himself stranded in the desert and in the dying town of Dirt, where water is more priceless then gold. There is a mystery of what happened to the water. Our erstwhile chameleon has no name and while spinning a tale, names himself Rango and after meeting with the sinister Mayor (Bed Beatty), becomes sheriff.

We spent the movie playing "spot the cliche" and "spot the homage" The movie makers knew their westerns, both old and new and were true to them. The animation is amazing, there were times where we paused the movie to try and determine if what we were watching was real or CGI'd.

A very enjoyable movie.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Ove Glove


I am forever burning myself when I am cooking, anywhere from grabbing the rocket hot handle on my Magnalite pans to grabbing the cookie sheet out of the oven with my bare hands. Even when using pot holders my fingers would get toasty, not too mention some burns when I used old, ratty pot holders.

When we first saw commercials for the Ove Glove, I was intrigued I am always on the look out for better ways to deal with hot cooking vessels. I don't like the mitt style glove since I have small hands and they are rather awkward to use. A simple hot pad usually isn't big enough for some things. So when I found the Ove Glove at a local store, we picked one up.

Love it. It is just a tad bit big for my hands, but the fingered glove is so much easier to work with. The Kevlar and Nomex material really does keep the heat at bay. I like to slip one over the long handles of my Magnalite frying pans while cooking so I don't burn myself when grabbing the handles.

I now have two pair and keep them handy. You do have to be VERY careful not to get them wet however. Nothing transfers heat faster then a wet pair of Ove Gloves. They are machine washable and I let them line dry.