Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our Trip to Ashton Idaho

Hey everyone! Last weekend we took one last road trip for the summer to Idaho to visit Trevon's family. We try to make it up there at least once a year for a few days.  The town is called Ashton Idaho and it's pretty tiny.  But there are lots of things to do around the area.

Our first full day there, we went to a splash pad in one of the cities close to Ashton ---Rexburg.  The kids played for a full 3 hours there. It wasn't big, but the slides kept them pretty entertained.


This splash pad is in a huge park, called Porter Park, with tons of grass to run around in and it even has a merry-go-round you can ride, they were also giving out free popcorn so we were all happy about that.


When they were all done, we drove about 20 minutes back to the house we stayed in and went to dinner. One thing I did really bad at this trip was taking pictures of the food we ate when we got to eat out. 

The next day, I got up and did a little running. Ashton is about 1,000 feet higher than I'm used to but at least the air was clean! And I always enjoy running in a new area.



Later that day we went to Herriman State Park and did a little hiking. I think this could have probably been a trip in and of itself. They have options for biking, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, drives, and tours.  Horseback riding sounded fun and all, but with allergies and kids, we decided to just do one of the hikes that take you by Silver Lake.



It was very pretty and really easy for kids! It was a dirt path so it was a little dusty but not annoyingly so. 


We weren't planning on hiking this trip so we didn't bring a baby carrier. V's getting a little big for one now anyway, but this hike was really perfect for little kids. Trevon carried him some of the way because he was a little grumpy, to begin with. But once he started to explore a little he was happy the rest of the way.


They had a bridge you could look out at the water on.  That path led a different way than we were going, but we stopped at the bridge for a little while to have a rest and see if we could find any fish.  




A little further down the trail, we started to wonder if we took a wrong turn and ended up on someone's property. Turns out that it was part of the trail! This was where we started seeing the historical buildings.


Look at how pretty this view is! I can't imagine living somewhere like this!


We walked through several historical houses that have been restored and furnished. Some of them dated back to the early 1900's.  We met a fun couple who had been married for 40 years. They have been retired for the last few years and spent their time traveling.  They stop at places and volunteer their time as tour guides and things like that. It was so fun to meet them. Becky took some time to help the kids with their Jr Rangers books while we got to know them a little bit. If you go to any state or national park (at least all the ones we have been to) and ask them about their Jr Ranger program, they will give your kids an activity book to do while you're out exploring and then they can get sworn in as Jr Rangers and get a badge. It's a fun little activity to do once in a while).


We walked back to the parking lot and realized we parked one parking lot over. So Trevon went to get the car and the kids and I took some pictures.





When we went back and went to find some dinner, we found that everywhere you could eat (Ashton has a total of about 4 restaurants) was packed. I feel like that's pretty abnormal for Ashton. So we went back to the house and had sandwiches and hot dogs for dinner before going to get a fun ice cream treat once the crowds died down.  If you go to Ashton, one of their diners is called the 5 eleven on main. It's a fun little place that you can get pizza, sandwiches, pasta and ice cream.  Thier famous shake is the Huckleberry shake which Trevon got and really liked. I got their bunny tracks sundae, which I liked. 


We came home the next day.  It was a super fun end of summer getaway! We already miss our family there but we will be back again soon.  If you ever get the chance to go to Ashton, try to get out to hike in Herriman State Park. It's so fun! Also, let me know and I'll share all of our fun things we've found to do while there. 

Where is your family from?

How often do you get to visit family?

Any hidden gems in your area?








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