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photo by Benjamin Powell

Coeur d’Alene is famous for its summertime water recreation on our beautiful lakes and rivers, but for our first Summer/Fall issue of Nspire Magazine we thought we’d shake it up a bit.

We decided Here are three local waterparks within 30 minutes of Coeur d’Alene that are well worth a visit >>

Triple Play’s Raptor Reef:

Riding the Velociraptor Vortex The darkness of the tube slide awaits as we mount our inflatable chariot. The life guard on duty makes sure we set up with heaviest rider in front— this strikes me as unusual, and I wonder what my little boy has gotten us into.

light. Over so soon, I wonder. Then, we are shot from the tube and into the Vortex—a giant bowl that echoes with our laughter as we circle three times before slowing, and drifting to the center. Of course, we know what’s

Triple Play’s Velaciraptor Vortex

On “go” our chariot lurches forward and is immediately sucked into a dark tunnel of twists and turns. Then a sudden drop grants us more speed. Ahead, there is a growing

coming, as we’ve now witnessed it three times in our circling. The water continues to draw us in a slow current around a kind of tower in the

center. The sound of rushing water gets louder as we approach. Then, we are grabbed by the current once more, and sucked into another slide tube to be tossed about until we reach the bottom and are jettisoned out and into the pool. I rub the water from my eyes. My son and I are still laughing as we dismount. My wife greets us on the shore of the wave pool. “I could hear you all the way down that slide,” she says to me. My son grabs my hand, “Let’s go again!”

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Nspire Magazine 2014 Summer/Fall Coeur d'Alene Edition  

Nspire Magazine features recipes from top chefs, takes you on great outdoor adventures, and opens the doors to beautiful homes and architect...

Nspire Magazine 2014 Summer/Fall Coeur d'Alene Edition  

Nspire Magazine features recipes from top chefs, takes you on great outdoor adventures, and opens the doors to beautiful homes and architect...

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