Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID
Total Timber Tour Blog Day 19
3 hour drive north-west from hotel in Missoula, Montana to Silverwood – just north of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Silverwood is, in fact, only 91 miles south of the Canadian Border.
This is our second visit to this park. It is home to 2 world-class woodies, Tremors and Timber Terror. New for this season is Aftershock, a second-hand Vekoma Super Inverted Boomerang.
We were greeted at the gate by our friends, and fellow coaster enthusiasts, Pete & Lisa Marshall from Seattle. We met them a few years ago on a trip with the RCCGB and have stayed in contact ever since.
Lisa had bought along 2 Pepsi cans so we could save $4 each on entry but, while waiting in line for tickets, a season pass holder, who was allowed to bring in 2 guests for free, offered us entry for $30 each. All a bit dodgy – they gained $60, and we saved over $10 each, so every one a winner (except the park!).
Tremors was Adrian’s number one wooden coaster for a season before riding Hades. We were both apprehensive about riding it today, given the deterioration of many other wooden coasters on the trip. It’s great to report that the park has looked after their rides very well and Tremors is still as good as ever.
The big surprise of the day was the change to Timber Terror. On our first visit it was playing second fiddle to its big brother, but today equalled it for ride enjoyment and airtime. Fantastic.
Silverwood is also home to the very first Corkscrew which opened at Knotts Berry Farm in the mid-70's.
The only down side today was how quickly the time passed. We did, however, manage to squeeze in an excellent meal at the park restaurant.
All in all a great day and it was good to have some company to listen to tales of our travels.
Tomorrow we move on to our last park, and the reason for the trip, the Puyallup Fair.
26 mile drive south-west to hotel in Post Falls, ID