Thursday, April 21, 2011

Our Latest Trip to Twin Falls

Old Town Main Street in Twin Falls
Hopefully the third trip is charmed!  We took up my embroidery machine on Thursday, April 1, to repair the damage I did to it after the last trip.  Since we have been making the 3 hour trip almost every week, I decided to take a few pictures.  Many of my readers have never even thought about Twin Falls, Idaho, let alone visited it so I feel the need to fill you in on this lovely little town!

One of my first visits to Twin was many years ago when I ended up driving back to Colorado alone after visiting Danny and Beth in Washington state with Dad and he had to fly back to Florida to take care of an emergency there.  Twin Falls is not right on I-84 so you have to drive into town about 5 miles.  I stayed overnight there and only got to view the big canyon formed by the Snake river and not the falls.  Bob and I drove sort of by there a few times while we lived in Owyhee and took drives on weekends, but never really explored it.

Fourth of July 2004

One of the best memories I have of Twin Falls is one Fourth of July about 7 years ago.

Thomas slept in the whirlpool at our stop off in West Wendover.

  Bob and I drove to Twin Falls with Thomas and Erin (who had been visiting us in June).  Marianne, Brendin and Darcy  drove from Washington.  JJ and Ozzie came from Elko and Micah, Kim and Alyssa (who was a baby) came from San Diego.  We all met up in Twin to celebrate and exchange kids for summer visits.
Thomas does some cliff diving.
Kim is about to take the plunge.
We had some fun times, going out to the lake for a picnic and some of the group diving off the cliffs ( I was NOT one of them).  We took lots of pictures and I think some videos of the dare devils--Thomas who was about 12 and Erin who was 15, Micah, Kim, JJ and Ozzie.
Thomas Erin and Ozzie discuss how to leap off!
  Marianne and I tried to stop Thomas, at least, because we thought Carla would have a fit but we couldn't swim fast enough to get there to stop him.  At least he didn't kill himself--Ha ha ha!
Four generations of Manville women.  Penny, Jeanette, Erin and Alyssa
One night Ozzie came knocking at our motel room asking Thomas to go for a walk with him.  They came back with a huge amount of all kinds of bulk candy which they poured out on a bed.  Then they rolled around in the candy!
The overlook at the falls.  In front are Darcy, Erin, JJ and me (pre-lapband!). In back are Thomas, Marianne,  and Brendin

The Shoshone Falls in July 2004

A friend of mine took some really cool pictures of the falls this spring when they were really roaring.  Here is the link to them.  Notice the difference!!!!!/photo.php?fbid=157625440965279&set=a.157624967631993.34044.100001534711217&type=1&theater

We drove around the campus of Southern Idaho Community College trying to find a good place to watch the fireworks but decided to just sit out in front of the motel on the sidewalk along Blue Lakes Boulevard, the main drag.  We got some fried chicken and macaroni salad from Fred Meyers and had a big picnic (including a bunch of bulk candy) and watched the traffic and pedestrians go by until dark!

Thomas and Alyssa at the picnic grounds.
fireworks were great as usual and of course there were all the fire crackers and sparklers to go along with it.  We had a really fun time!

My embroidery machine's home away from home!
A view of Old Town Twin Falls.  Looking down Main Street.
Our last few times to visit this city were just for the business of getting my machine fixed while we waited.  Bob didn't even want to drive out to the mall or even cruise down Blue lakes Boulevard so we just stayed in the Old Town part of the city.
The downtown movie theater
 Twin Falls Sewing Center is on Historic Main Street so while I was waiting I walked up and down the block taking some pictures.  It really is quite a neat block with some nice boutiquey kind of shops and restaurants.
This restaurant has been in business since 1917.  It is open 24 hours a day every day except Sunday when it closes, I think, at 9 PM until 5 AM Monday morning.
We also killed some time eating lunch at the Depot Grill.  We really like that place.  It seems to be where all the old timers go for a really tasty inexpensive meal.  It is open 24/7 and I imagine is the place to go for morning coffee for the retired folks.  They also have a Man VS Food type of a deal called the Train Wreck.  I read what all was in it but now I can't remember!  Only one person had finished it but while we were paying our bill another young man came up and said he needed a T-Shirt since he had just finished his Train Wreck!
In the back room where a lot of old timers and their families meet to eat at the Smorgasbord.
They have a lunch counter, booths and a backroom with a Smorgasbord (buffet). They serve breakfast all day and the buffet is only $6.65 for lunch.  They had 5 entrees, 2 salad bars, a dessert bar and a hot food bar!
My taco salad after I had eaten all I could!
  It had mostly home cooked type food but then on the menu they had things like fried oysters and Albondigos soup for specials along with their Swiss steak, Taco Salad, and Asian Noodles.  Pretty eclectic selection for a "Good Old Boys" type of establishment!  We even saw a caterer delivering homemade pies to the back door as we were coming from the parking lot!  By the way, the waitress was from Craig, CO and said the climate is kind of like Grand Junction.  A neat town with lots of tourist attractions around.  I could live there, I think, and then I could keep my machine in running order a lot easier!


  1. Yes those are the same falls taken at approximately the same place! Can you believe it?

  2. Good Times! Cool Pics!!