Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rainey Creek, Square Ice Cream in Swan Valley

We lived in Ririe for a little while before we moved to Idaho Falls and people that weren't even from around here would always ask if I had been to Swan Valley for the square ice cream cones. The week we moved from Ririe was my first time and last weekend my husband and I went back with some of his siblings.

The square ice cream is inside a gas station at the split between going to Jackson or going to Driggs, just look for a sign like this and lots of cars.
They have such fun flavor choices I had a birthday cake kind- which doesn't taste like usual cake batter ice cream, it tasted like cake and had pieces of yellow cake mixed in it. It was so good, I also had huckleberry. My husband's two flavors look the same but one is a Rainey Creek Mudslide which had caramel, and some nuts in it and brownie nut.
The prices are as follows:
Single Regular Cone: $2.50
Double Regular Cone: $3.50
Single Waffle Cone: $3.25
Double Waffle Cone: $4.00
Float with root beer, sarsaparilla, or huckleberry soda: $4.75

You can buy huckleberry soda there and I love it. They have a record of people served on holiday weekends and it was tons so I think it would be pretty crazy to go on a holiday. Also, my husband had trouble keepings his top layer from falling off so watch out for that on hot days.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blackfoot - Potato Museum, Jensen Grove, and A&W

Last Saturday we decided to go down to Blackfoot, Idaho to see the Potato Museum and we ended up doing a lot more than we planned because there were so many fun things to do there.

Our first stop was the Idaho Potato Museum, which is open Monday through Saturday during the summer and Monday through Friday in the winter. It costs $3 for adults. We learned quite a bit about potatoes but there was quite a bit of reading. It would be really fun history for someone that is interested in farming or has a lot of background in the area. If you happen to be from out of state you get free potatoes when you visit.

We then saw a sign for a $1 ice cream cone at the Downtown Bread Company. We stopped and it looked great but was already closed for the day. It closes at 6 on weekdays and 3 on Saturdays.

We missed the turn for Jensen's Grove and happened to pass an A&W, which sounded delicious. Everything looked so good so we had dinner there. We had a cherry limeade, a root beer float, cheeseburger, corn dog bites, and a "Freezerrr". You are probably wondering what a freezerr is, but it's like a milkshake but more icy. It was all good.

At last we made to Jensen's Grove and decided to take a walk around the perimeter of the lake. It was a nice easy walk that lasted about a half hour. Jensen's Grove also have frisbee golf, swimming, play equipment, volleyball nets, and boat docks.

Blackfoot Pride Days and Ririe Days

This weekend you can go North or South for some fun events in different cities.

Blackfoot, Idaho is hosting their annual Pride Days Thursday, July 14 - Saturday, July 16.

The Idaho Potato Museum will be doing tours each day of the event, and there will be an open house at the Historical Museum at 190 N Shilling on Friday and Saturday. Friday there is also free swimming at the Blackfoot Pool and free Bouncy Houses at Jensen's Grove.

Events on Saturday are mostly all at Jensen's Grove in Blackfoot. The best schedule we could find listed the events as following:

8:30-9amSprint Boat Races
8-10amFree Breakfast
9am3-on-3 Basketball
9-11amSidewalk Chalk Art Tournament
9am-4pmCar and Bike Show
10am-3pmHelmets and Safety Demo
10:30amPlane Fly-by
11amSnowmachine Races
12-4pmFree Potato Feed
1-4pmMotorcycle Rodeo
4pmSprint Boat Demo

Ririe is hold its third annual Ririe Days this year on Saturday, July 16th. You can sign up for some of the events online at the Ririe Days Festival website.

7:00amKelly Canyon Run
8:00amFamily Bike Ride
8:30amFlag Ceremony
9:00amGolf Scramble
9:00amCar Show
9:00amFamily Breakfast
11:00amCraft Fair
11:00amFood Vendors
11:00amArchery Shootout
11:00amDutch-Oven Cook-Off
11:00amCarnival Games
11:00amPlane Fly-by and Bag Pipes
1:30pmFire Dept. Hose Down
1:45pmBig-Boy Tricycle Races
4:00pmAdult Pitching Machine Tournament

It sounds like the two events will be somewhat similar, so you may just want to go to the closest one to where you live. Unsure as to which we are going to yet, but we hope you enjoy your time!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Motor Vu and Sky Vu Drive Ins

Friday Night we went to see Cars 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 4 at the Motor Vu. They say that the movies start around 9:45 but it was after 10 when ours started. Both the Sky Vu and the Motor Vu cost $7 for adults and $1 for kids (5-9). You can call 522-3111 for what movies are showing at both.

There is also a drive-in theater in Rexburg - the Teton Vu. It costs $6.50 for adults and $1 for kids (5-11). It is run by the same people who own the Rexburg Paramount - the cheap theater.

We had a good time but have a few recommendations. If you have a small car like us you may want to get there around 9 when they open so you can get a spot that won't be behind a bigger car. They play the sound over the radio and a few cars had to be jumped after, so be careful with running your battery down. You can bring your own portable radio which worked well for us.