"The eyes on those marines were something to remember, because they had really been through it. And they were laughing and talking and smiling, but their eyes didn't smile. They were just fierce." These are the words Ceil Dennis—a lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps during World War II—used to describe his encounter with off-duty marines when he first landed on Iwo Jima. They wanted to sit in Dennis's P-51 airplane, a welcome sight for the troops spending three days on and three days off fighting for control of the Japanese stronghold. Their eyes told the story of men who, according to Dennis, "earned that island the hard way."
The recorded interview is part of the Veterans History Project, a collaboration between the Warhawk Air Museum and the Library of Congress, that is designed to preserve the voices of the past for future generations. It's just one of several ways that the museum honors the lives and sacrifices of military personnel.
Museum President John Paul and his wife, Sue, cofounded the 40,000-square-foot nonprofit museum at the Nampa Municipal Airport to house the ever-growing collection of planes and war memorabilia, including wartime sweetheart pillows, ration books, and some of Rosie the Riveter's actual elbow grease. Paul's passion for historical aircraft and wartime artifacts began in 1950, when he was 8 years old. He ran from his classroom to see the source of a deafening roar over the school, discovering the blue underbellies of two WWII F4U Navy Corsair fighter planes and the hobby that would become his vocation. Over the years, Paul's love for vintage fighter planes has led him on scavenger hunts and rescue missions, salvaging historic aircraft that would otherwise have been abandoned as scrap metal.
They run the nonprofit organization along with their son, John-Curtiss Paul, who was named after the Curtiss P-40 WWII Warhawk. The family aims to educate visitors about the technology, cultural, and social changes that North America has seen since World War I. Guests can schedule a tour of the museum, visit the gift shop, or even request a sponsorship ride in a restored P-40 aircraft.
A large forest fire burns out of control. You and five of your friends are in a nearby cabin, and the sound of the flames crackles closer and closer. 50 minutes stand between you and the flames—more than enough time to escape, but there's a problem. The door is locked, and the only way to locate the key is by solving a series of clues devised by the masterminds behind Escape Quest of Idaho. The situation inside their Idaho cabin escape room may seem incredibly challenging. Indeed, many players don't escape in the allotted time, but they don't have to go it alone. Two-way radios connect players to the Escape Quest team, who can supply hints upon request. Another good thing to know: Escape Quest of Idaho is a 21 and up venue after 6 p.m., when beer and wine are available for purchase.
Green, yellow, and red. If lined up correctly, those three colors should cause a gasp of excitement from players at Nampa Bowl. During Monte Carlo, colored pins mean big bucks for players who roll a strike—up to $50 at a time. That's just one of the special events that takes place across Nampa Bowl's 24 lanes. Each weekend, cosmic bowling transforms the alley into a party with laser lights and a live DJ, who is secretly a sentient bowling pin dressed up in a suit.
Tournaments take on a more competitive vibe, while other events have a charitable focus, such as fund raisers for the Special Olympics. An arcade, occasional karaoke, and the onsite 11th Frame Lounge keep the fun going long after the final strike.
A fully operational winery since 1987, Sawtooth Winery was once under the care of the Pintler family, who had used their parcel of land as pasture for years. But the rolling, south-facing hills were a bit too robust to be limited to one use, and in 1982 15 acres of grapes were planted. Today, Sawtooth is one of the largest vineyards in Idaho, and those same vines produce the plump grapes destined become one of the eight wine varietals crafted onsite. Those wines have garnered Sawtooth a variety of honorable accolades and press, including a Winery of the Month designation from the Idaho Wine Commission.
Pyrrhic Paintball derives its name from an ancient Greek dance, one whose motions were intended to mimic the death struggle of two knife fighters. Like those dancers, the players on this dusty, urban-warfare field play-act modern battles, ducking out from behind particle-board barricades to get a bead on the opponents. But there's a second, better-known meaning to pyrrhic: victory achieved at great cost. Whether attempting to capture a flag, protect a VIP, or defend a base, anyone may be called to sacrifice themselves to a splattering of paint in order to ensure the completion of a team's objective.
Nampa's Edwards Nampa Gateway Stadium 12 is a great place to check out a new movie release and munch on your favorite snacks, such as butter-coated popcorn.
If a bite's all you're after, then you'll want to stop by this theater for a delicious fill of their home-cooked food.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the activities at this theater just as much as their parents do.
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors as you watch a movie at Edwards Nampa Gateway Stadium 12.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.