So terrified in fact that I’m pretty sure I cried. My face was a bit frozen by the time the ride was done (my hands were NUMB and my legs were total jelly) so I can’t say for 100% surety that I cried.
But I’m pretty sure it happened.
Deciding to give in to the call of Halloween-time and the urge to to get my scare on, last Friday night I went out to Scarywood (my first visit to Scarywood ever and my first visit to Silverwood in about 20 years). It was an interesting experience. Theme parks are so different at night, in the dark, with mostly young-to-middle-age adults in attendance and guys dressed as foliage jumping out of the shadows at you every few minutes.
I wandered through Creepy Clown Town (not the actual name of that area) and laughed at the cotton candy flavored smoke and edible bubbles and human/cotton candy sacks from Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I waited in line two hours to take the zombie train ride. It was fun but kind of hokey and I’m still trying to decide if it was worth those two hours of my time. None of the lines for the four haunted houses were anywhere near that long. The Mayan Ruins (might not be the proper name) were fun. I jumped when a piece of the wall seemed to detach itself and run at me. The 3-Dementia reminded me of Batman and Robin with all the black light paint and electronica music. I’m not sure that was a good thing. Total Dark was rather claustrophobic and I I think I ran into every wall they had. And Blood Bayou was incredibly elaborate. I have to give major props to the designers of that haunted house. They put a lot of time and effort into it.
The line for Tremors (that would be a roller coaster if you’ve never been to the park) was almost non-existent and that could be why I was talked into riding it. Not a lot of time to argue myself out of it once I’d made the decision to go. ALSO, there were these two fourteen year old boys in line behind me that were completely shocked and scandalized that I’d never been on a real roller coaster before. They gave up their place in line so I could go ahead of them and then kept giving me thumbs up. There was no way I was wussing out in front of those boys.
Tremors may not be an exceptionally big or fast or twisty roller coaster, but it certainly scared the business out of me. I screamed the entire time I was on it, and grasped the bar so tightly I was worried my fingers would never unclench again by the time I was done.
And I’m pretty sure I cried. But I also got to cross “ride a roller coaster without throwing up or dying” off my bucket list, so it was worth it.
Worth it enough to get on a roller coaster again someday? Jury is still out on that one.
When I wasn’t being chased by chainsaw wielding maniacs (also at Scarywood) or considering all of my dumber life choices (while on that roller coaster) last week I was mainly stuffing my face with tasty foods and shopping for necessary (and probably unnecessary) things.
I had dinner at Thai Bamboo up on 29th and am happy to report that their dinner combo meals are just as delicious as ever. I quite like the one with pad thai, Mongolian beef, and rice. After eating I went by Hastings to see if they had any comic books that caught my fancy, and while I did manage to score a couple of Bee and Puppycat issues, I ALSO got to witness a guy running out the door with arms full of items that did not belong to him (they still had the electronic theft deterrent devices attached to them AND there was an employee trying to chase him down and stop him). He jumped in a crappy car and drove away before anyone aside from the employee seemed to realize what was going on.
It was a rather startling and surreal experience over all.
I had lunch once at Sushi Maru, which was fun as always, and managed to try two new restaurants as well. Miguel’s Mexican up on 29th (in the old Vin Rouge location which was the old Boston Market location) has an extensive menu of tequilas as well as mixed drinks, and an even more extensive menu of food items. I had chicken and veggies in a sour cream sauce that was most excellent. I also ate way too many of their fresh tortilla chips and salsa, because that is just what happens at Mexican restaurants.
My tiny/tall roommate’s mom was in town over the weekend and we took her out to brunch at Yards Bruncheon on Sunday. This was my first trip to Yards and, though it was busy, I was pleased with my overall experience. The dining area is small-ish but clean and trendy and the food was great. I tried chorizo and egg tacos that were kind of messy but very tasty. I also got to wave and make funny faces at my cheekiest cousin who happens to work there. Any opportunity to harass her is a plus in my book.
As if all that wasn’t enough last week, I also fit in two epic shopping trips. The first started at Northwest Seed and Pet (where I did not buy a giant tortoise), moved on to Petsmart (where I did buy some 100 watt basking lights), hopped over to Total Wine and More (where I got myself some tasty cherry sake), strolled on in to HobbyTown (where I considered science kits that may or may not be suitable for my six-year-old nephew), and ended at Safeway (where I bought soup because it’s been cold lately and dang it I want soup when it’s cold!).
My second big shopping excursion of the week was thrift store themed. Along with my tiny/tall roommate and her tiny/not tall mom we started at Value Village where we happily bought shirts and snarked about ugly sweaters, moved on to the Arc of Spokane store where we got blazers and scarves and marveled at the organizational methods used for the clothes, headed up to Goodwill on Third where we were disgruntled to see some other girls playing our snarky clothes game, and ended at Goodwill on 27th where we got some candles, dresses, and wind chimes (which the tiny/not tall mom may or may not have grabbed from someone else – we weren’t with her when she got them so we may never know). It was fun and super thrifty but also exhausting. I just don’t marathon shop as well as I used to back in the day.
And THAT will wrap it up for this week folks. I’ll be back in a week or so to talk about hilariously bad giant snake movies, celebrating Halloween with some laughs, and lovely live music. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize)!
– Mia V.
This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Scarywood Haunted Nights (Silverwood)
Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant
The Yards Bruncheon
Northwest Seed and Pet
Arc of Spokane Thrift Store