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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Drive time

We had a great time celebrating Ryan's birthday. All he wanted was to go to Rodizio Grill. (he's very easy to please!) He invited both of our parents. AJ and TP were able to come as well. Great food. Laughs. Family. Gifts. Sounds like a perfect birthday to me!

We spent the weekend with Ryan's parents. We stayed over then drove up with them to Mountain Home, ID to watch Alyssa's V-ball match. We took her back to CSI and stopped by the Perrine Bridge at Twin Falls, Idaho. Here's a little history lesson fer ya: It is a truss arch four-lane bridge carrying U.S. Highway 93 over the Snake River Canyon. It is approximately 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River. It was opened to traffic in September 1927, and at the time, was the highest bridge in the world. The privately financed $650,000 structure was originally a toll bridge, but the tolls proved unpopular and were eliminated in 1940, after the bridge was purchased by the state of Idaho. By the early 1970s, the original bridge was outdated and unable to handle heavy loads and required replacement. Construction on the current bridge was completed in July, 1976 at a cost of $9,700,000. The original bridge was demolished.

We got there at the perfect time to see 4 or 5 base jumpers.

Perrine Bridge is the only man-made structure in the United States where BASE jumping is allowed year-round without a permit. As such it is a popular destination for BASE jumping enthusiasts, who often refer to it as Potato Bridge.
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Did you know that?... To the east, along the south rim of the canyon, lies the dirt ramp used by Evel Knievel when he unsuccessfully attempted to jump the canyon on his motorcycle in 1974.

(We learn something knew everyday!) After Alyssa gathered her things we drove the 3 hours back to Perry.









We went to the Temple Dedication Sunday. I really enjoyed listening to the prophet and all of the speakers. This Temple holds a special place in my heart because I grew up in South Jordan and we were married in the Jordan River Temple. South Jordan is a pretty awesome place to have two temples, wouldn't ya say?

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