Weekend in Telford in Sep 2017

A weekend in Telford? This weekend marked PK's 80th birthday, so we decided we would go somewhere nice and not too far away.

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A view of the statue of Ira Burton Perrine with the Visitors Center in the background at Twin Falls A view of the statue of Ira Burton Perrine with the Visitors Center in the background at Twin Falls

Holiday USA West Coast Road Trip in Aug 2022: Day 3 – Afternoon and Early Evening in Twin Falls

By Nige on Sat 06 Aug 2022 at 15:34
Story: Holiday USA West Coast Road Trip in Aug 2022
Tags: Hilton | Holidays | Twin Falls | USA

We had a long nap when we had settled into our room and then we talked about what we wanted to do here.  It’s such a nice place to spend some time. First off, we decided to head down to the Visitors’ Centre and take in the views. 

The Perrine Bridge at Twin Falls The Perrine Bridge at Twin Falls
The Perrine Bridge at Twin Falls

Whilst looking around the Visitors Center, we saw a team prepare for some base jumping from the bridge.  A bit later we watched that same team of 4-6 base jump from the bridge and land on the side of the river. Wow!

A memorial to Evil Knievel at Twin Falls A memorial to Evil Knievel at Twin Falls
A memorial to Evil Knievel at Twin Falls

We found the memorial to Evil Knievel. He is described as an American stunt performer and entertainer. Apparently he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

So why does he have a memorial in Twin Falls? Thanks to his attempted jump over Snake River Canyon. He had a rocket-powered cycle specially built called Skycycle X-1 to jump across Snake River Canyon.

After initial tests, he deduced that he needed more power and he had Skycycle X-2 built which was more like a jet propelled cycle.

The launch took place at the south rim of the Snake River Canyon, west of Shoshone Falls on 8th September in 1974. Ultimately it failed due to his parachute opening too early. But it put Twin Falls on the map! We ended up seeing the jump site on a bike ride later in our stay at Twin Falls.

Interestingly, stuntman Eddie Braun recreated the jump using a replica of the Skycycle X-2. Braun’s jump took place on 16th September 2016 and was completed successfully.

One of the main reasons we came back to Twin Falls was due to a restaurant we found called Elevation 486, which overlooks Snake River Canyon.  So we had to book there again and we were lucky enough to be given one of the best tables in the house; probably because Vick booked it 4 weeks ago.

What a view at Twin Falls What a view at Twin Falls
What a view at Twin Falls

We walked to Elevation 486 from the hotel; it took about 15 mins – we couldn’t face another drive in the Mustang!  It was also an opportunity of stretching our legs and burning off a few calories, even though it wouldn’t have had that much of an impact.

Elevation 486 at Twin Falls Elevation 486 at Twin Falls
Elevation 486 at Twin Falls

Wow – what a view; we were both so pleased we had come back here.  We saw a large bloke propose to his partner just below the restaurant; naturally the restaurant burst out into applause.  Shame we didn’t get an invite to the wedding!

An impromptu marriage proposal at Twin Falls An impromptu marriage proposal at Twin Falls
An impromptu marriage proposal at Twin Falls

We tried to be relatively good in terms of the food we ordered.  We both went for a side salad as an appetiser, followed by the meatloaf.  We were virgin meatloaf eaters and it was tremendous.  Highly recommended.

Caesar salad started served up at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls Caesar salad started served up at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls
Caesar salad started served up at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls
More tasty starters at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls More tasty starters at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls
More tasty starters at Elevation 486 at Twin Falls

We wandered back to the hotel well satisfied with our evening out in Twin Falls and feel asleep happy!

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