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Aqua Zone

With the Olympic Swim Trials in town the past two weeks, we made time to go check out the Aqua Zone exhibits.  We would have loved to go to one of the sessions of the trials, but alas, unlike Michael Phelps’ reach to the finish line, the ticket prices were a ways out of our budget’s reach.  So, we settled for paying our $8 parking fee and went to the free stuff.  I was impressed with the family-friendliness that wasn’t there four years ago.  There were a lot more family activities this time and fewer that catered just to adults or swimmers.
We started with a walk on the blue carpet and a photo op.  (Maybe they’ll have better lighting next time.)

Inside, we explored the various booths, some local, some general Olympic-themed, and some sales advertisements.  One of the local news stations showed their green screen technology with souvenir photos.

We tried our hands at the Orowheat prize wheel and came away with 4 loaves of bread, one coupon, 2 lip balms and a water bottle.  Not a bad haul.  I’d say we got our parking fee’s worth.

We had fun photo booth shots.

We compared our wingspan to Michael Phelps.

We signed mementos that will go to London for the athletes to see.

Maybe we’ll get another chance to come back in four more years.  I sure hope so.

Check that off the bucket list

One of the things I have always wanted to do was to cruse on a riverboat.  I’m not sure why, I just wanted that experience.  There aren’t too many riverboats in Idaho, so this goal wasn’t likely to be achieved until we moved.  Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day with a sightseeing cruise up and down the Missouri River.

We traveled on the River City Star.  It looks like a steamboat of old, but is really jet engine powered.

We got up close to this old railroad bridge.

Saw a different view of the downtown skyline.

All along the river you can see evidence of last year’s flooding.  It is amazing to see how much higher the water level was compared to where it is currently.

 This statue became one of the measurements for the flooding.  The standing figures are about 8 feet tall.  At the highest point, the figure on the left had only the hammer sticking up out of the water.

You can see the devastation along the river’s edge.  Who knew there was so much sand that traveled downriver?  It was unreal to see the areas that have turned into beaches rather than inlets.

And then it was back to port and we were on dry land once again.

Now I can check a riverboat cruise off my bucket list.  I’d say that was a good day. 🙂