At work Trav is working on a hospital in Boise, Idaho and has to travel there about once a month. We decided that since it's summer and we could, that the kids and I would tag along this time. It ended up being a really great trip...and since it was a work expense it was almost free! Even better. We hardly got to see Trav which totally stunk but overall I'm glad we went.
We left on Monday afternoon and the trip was pretty uneventful until we made our pit stop in Twin Falls. We stopped for lunch then decided to go look at the bridge over the gorge (which is gigantic and you can't even tell it's there from the freeway. It's really crazy.) While we were at the bridge there were a bunch of guys putting parachutes into backpacks. I asked one of them if they were going to jump off the bridge and he said "Yeah! It's so fun! You should try it! Do you want me to strap you on with me?" Ummmm no. I didn't even dare walk on the bridge because it's way too high and scary for me let alone jump off it! (Trav, Josh and Kate did walk across the bridge though)
Now we were totally kicking ourselves because our camera was neatly packed in the bottom of the trunk. Not only did we miss out on some awesome pictures with the bridge but now some guys were jumping off of it! So when they started walking up we ran over (along with all of the Japanese tourists) and watched 7 or 8 guys jump off the bridge with parachutes and land right by the river below. It was so cool!!
The rest of the ride was uneventful again. We made it to our hotel (which was awesome). They had dinner provided that night then we walked over to the gigantic park that was right next to the hotel. I mean, it was HUGE! We were all exhausted by the time we even made it halfway through the park to the fountain.
The next morning Trav was long gone to meetings before the rest of us woke up, so we went and had our delicious continental breakfast then we headed back over to the park. This time we drove because we wanted to play and not be exhausted from walking.
First we went in the fountains again. This time I brought my camera.
The hotel did provide dinner again tonight but it was smoked sausage which the kids turned their noses up at so we decided to go out to dinner once Trav came "home." We ate some pizza which was good then we headed over to the furthest part of the giant park to explore. It was gorgeous!! Definitely my favorite part of the park but we forgot our big camera so these are just phone pictures. It totally doesn't capture the beauty.
This building was actually a little better. They actually had toilets and sinks in their cells.
(The first ones did not)
They also had a weaponry museum in one of the buildings which was pretty cool. Josh especially loved seeing all the weapons through the years.
The cells weren't anything too out of the ordinary but then we walked into this room and it was labeled "viewing area" or something like that. Just this room with a big window in it to see into another room. I looked through the window and there was a hook on the ceiling and a drop floor underneath. We found the gallows and were in the room people would go to witness prisoners being hung! It was SO creepy! Thankfully the kids were pretty oblivious (to most things...they thought it was cool that we were in a jail) so we didn't stay there long. We went down the stairs to go out the door and we walked right by the room (which the kids didn't stop to see, thankfully) where they would drop the bodies and haul them out the doors we were about to go through. Just a big cement room with a drain.
I have the chills just thinking about it. The instant we went out those doors I started breathing normal again and that heavy feeling was gone. It is so strange how 4 walls and a ceiling can have that effect on you. This prison hasn't been in operation for like 40 years and it still has that feeling. Totally creepy!
The next day Trav had one short meeting and was back while we were still eating breakfast. Then we packed up and started heading home. Oh, I forgot to mention that William threw up all over the place that night too. That was fun.
We made it to Twin Falls and we decided to take a little break and get some lunch. We pulled up in the Subway parking lot and as Trav is pulling William out of his car seat he throws up again! At the exact same instant as she's jumping out of the car....Kate throws up too! So we have 2 puddles of barf on both sides of the car. Talk about good timing for a pit stop!!!
We cleaned everyone up, some of us ate lunch then we headed back on the road hoping we could make it home in one piece. Thankfully, William was done. Kate threw up again but we were prepared with a barf bag so we just tied a knot and kept driving. Then a while later she said she was going to throw up again and we were out of barf bags! I grabbed the Subway cup and handed it to her just in time. She handed me the cup back, I put the lid on and stuck it in the drink holder....because what else was I supposed to do with it? Trav was like, "If I start reaching for a drink....please stop me!" It was gross but kind of funny.
We made it home, got rid of all the "bags" and have been dealing with sick kids ever since!
Even though it wasn't the most eventful trip ever, we did do a lot of fun things and made some great memories. It was the perfect little getaway for our family. We may just have to do it again!