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Hiking Cress Creek Nature Trail

On Saturday Elisse and I were looking for an afternoon activity. Some internet searching led us to a nature trail out past Ririe, near Heise.

Cress Creek Nature Trail

Cress Creek Nature Trail
First, let’s talk about how to get there. Here are the official directions from the BLM page for Cress Creek:

About 20 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho
From Idaho Falls, take the North Yellowstone Highway north through town. Follow Highway 26 northeast towards Ririe and Jackson. About 3 miles past the Ririe turnoff, follow the signs to Heise. Bear right after crossing a large irrigation canal. Cross the Snake River and turn left immediately onto the gravel road headed towards Rexburg. 1ΒΌ miles on the right side of the road is the trailhead parking area.

That’s great if you’re a 65+ year old farmer who’s used to getting directions like this. I just wanted an address to plug into Google Maps, but the place wasn’t even in Google Maps. Alas, the directions were sufficient, but I did some homework and here’s the address in Google Maps that will get you there:

11894 S Snake River Rd, Rexburg, ID 83440

The parking lot is right off the road and has restrooms (not for the sensitive smeller). The first half mile of the hike is wheelchair (and stroller) accessible with a couple of picnic tables available. We were out there on a 90+ degree day so it was pretty hot. The shade is few and far between at times, so bring plenty of your own water.

At the end of the paved trail you encounter a small creek that is fed by a natural spring. The spring is warm water, thus allowing the water cress to grow even in the winter (hence the name of the creek). Here the trail makes a large loop. To the left you go up the stream through a more wooded area. The trail has several stations along the way that identify wildflowers, animal tracks & scats, and trees. As you loop around you come to the edge of the bluff and have a fabulous view of the valley and the river.
Cress Creek Trail
All told it was about a 1 hour to 1.5 hour hike. Not too strenuous and definitely worth the view. If you’re looking for a quick little hike to get out and enjoy the weather, I highly recommend it.

Thai Kitchen – Idaho Falls

Thai Kitchen Idaho FallsDown in Utah my wife and I loved eating at the various Thai restaurants in Utah County. With so many to choose from (Spicy Thai in Provo, Bangkok Grill in Orem, etc.) we were truly spoiled by the quality, price, and convenience. So when we moved to Idaho Falls, finding a go-to Thai restaurant was a fairly high priority. After a couple searches it seemed like Thai Kitchen was going to be our first stop. (They won the “Best Asian/Chinese” award from Idaho Falls Magazine after all)

What We Ordered

I’m a huge fan of massaman and I usually get it with chicken. However, the massaman here was only available with beef. Weird. So we ordered two specials. One order of pad thai and one order of yellow curry later we were digging in.

How Was It?

Overall, my rating would be “Good, not great”. The pad thai was spot on, but I feel like that’s a minimum requirement from a Thai restaurant. The curry again was good, but not great. The service was good. The food came out quickly and was hot. The pricing was reasonable. However, I think that I’ve been spoiled, so I was underwhelmed.

If you’re looking for a good Thai place, then go to Thai Kitchen. If you’re looking for a great Thai place in Idaho Falls…keep an eye on the blog. I’ll keep you updated on our next venture.