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  • FREE ^ ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO

  • 2JUNE 14, 2014 http://rexburg.org/pages/teton-dam-marathon

  • Table of Contents Cover Story: Teton Valley Balloon Rally ....................................... 5Aldous Lake ................................................................................ 10

    Hells Half Acre Is Not What It Seems ......................................... 12

    The Lower Palisades ....................................................................16

    Cress Creek Nature Trail ............................................................. 18

    Calendar of Activities and Events in Southeast Idaho .......... 20

    Idaho Spud Day: ITS A HUGE DEAL ............................................ 22

    Feed Your Need for Fun at the Idaho State Fair ......................... 24

    Eagle Rock Sidewalk Art Show .................................................. 26

    Saddle up! Teton Valley Rodeo .................................................. 28

    Summer Nature Activities for Toddlers .................................. 30

    Might as Well... An interview with the band Midas Whale ........... 36

    The Idaho Falls Arts Council: Art and Music on the Falls ............ 40

    The Rexburg Music Scene: an Interview with Jared Cadogan ......42

    Its Not Just About the Potatoes: Wild Aspargus Picking .......... 44

    Teton Vu: Rexburgs Own Outdoor Movie Theater ..................... 46

    Rexburgs Coolest Caves ............................................................ 47

    Date Ideas .................................................................................. 49

    Hopin for Opals .......................................................................... 50

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  • Dear Reader, When students come to school in Rexburg they hardly ever leave campus to enjoy, explore and experience all that Southeastern Idaho has to offer. These same students live here for four years, and leave not having experienced anything outside of the boundaries of Brigham Young UniversityIdaho. BYUI students, me included, are always looking for something interesting to do to escape the pressures and stress of school, and there is so much here in Idaho for students to enjoy. That is what this issue of Hidden Adventures is all about: helping students discover all that there is to do in and around Rexburg this summer and early fall to help them enjoy going to school here in the desert. In this issue you will escape to the Teton Valley Balloon Festival, trek the beautiful mountain trails to the east of Rexburg or hike through the deserts to the west. You will catch a glimpse into the thriving Rexburg music scene with an interview with local band Midas Whale, famous for appearing on reality television show The Voice. Not to mention the rodeo, or the craziness that is Spud Day. Come along and learn (isnt that what going to school is all about anyway?) We will show you all about the fun things to do, on a budget, in Southeastern Idaho.

    Sincerely

    Sarah Bitsch,Editor in Chief

    Sarah is a senior at BYUI as an English Major with an emphasis in Professional Writing. As a wife and mother she knows what it means to be bored with a toddler, as well as the need to keep entertained on a budget. She does many things outside Rexburg for fun.

    Josh has been an editor for a literary arts magazine at his previous college, where he was in charge of the design of the magazine and helped decide which art pieces to use. He has also taken an editing class where he learned a lot about editing articles submitted to magazines, and a tech for professional writers class where he learned a lot about InDesign and other useful programs.

    RaNae has experience editing technical, professional, and creative writing throughout her education. She has lived in Idaho for the past five years, which makes her an expert on local activites. As a student, RaNae has sought out cheap, yet amazing entertainment.

    Kyle has experience in creative writing and editing, as well as working with others to help them meet goals and expectations. As an English education major Kyle brings a unique vision to the team. Kyle is an avid outdoorsman, which comes in handy as Hiking Editor.

    4 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR AND MEET OUR EDITORS

    Fun House Publising is an subsidiary of Spori Publishing, BYUI, Rexburg, Idaho.

  • Every year, the Teton Valley takes part in a

    tradition that began with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. Yes, you read that right. The Teton Valley

    Balloon Rally is a continuation of an invention that first flew a sheep, a duck, and a rooster over the French countryside. Two

    paper manufacturers named the Montgolfier brothers created the first hot air balloons. In 1783 in France, the brothers noticed that flowing hot

    air would make paper or cloth bags rise. They used paper and silk to create something beautiful that gave people access to the skies they have never

    before had. Later that same year, the first of many manned flights began. The fire was hand pumped and the flight, manned by francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent Marquis of dArlanders, lasted only 25 minutes, travelled 5 1/2 miles in distance, and rose 500 feet in height. Though this distance may seem short, what it led to has been astounding. Ballooning has become an art than many have built a passion for. Starting in the summer of 1981, every Fourth of July weekend the Teton Valley Balloon Rally brings out up to forty balloons that take to the

    skies along the Teton Mountains for the three days of the rally.The mission of this rally is to respect a grand local tradition and contribute to local and

    regional communities while inspiring awe and wonder in a new generation. The area has been able to do this successfully

    while bringing close to a thousand people out before dawn to enjoy the unique spectacle of all the

    balloons rising in the sky. The area is very proud of their tradition and

    the Mayor of Driggs, Hyrum Johnson, says, We have

    been able to be the proud sponsors of the

    Teton Valley Balloon RallyUpliftingly fun

  • balloon festival for over the last 30 years. It is really cool to watch people as they come from all over the country to visit our little valley, and take part in this festival. The kids are fascinated by it, and so are their parents. There really is just something special about hot balloons floating in the sky. The mayor is right. There is some-thing special about the hot air balloons. They are a dynamic art form. They allow us to view the countryside differently than we had before. While they are not an ideal form of travel-ling quickly from one place to another, they offer a unique perspective of the world that we would

    not otherwise have if it werent for the Montgol-fier brothers in 1783. The beauty of the balloons in the sky is indescribable. One must see it to believe it. What the balloons have done for the area of the Teton Valley is also remarkable. It brings not only the locals together but also tourists from around the country. Balloonists across the world covet the invitation to show off their balloons at the rally. The manager of the local Broulims grocery store in Driggs, Brad Bischoff, says, We are proud to sponsor balloons every year. The balloon festival has become an annual tradition

    Cover Story: Teton Valley Balloon Rally6

  • that brings the valley and families together, as we watch the balloons fly by the Tetons. It is truly a beautiful sight. The locals love the tradition and have definitely made it their own. Ron Hansen, a Teton Valley resident said that, Having the festival every year is a lot of fun. I have had them land in my fields a couple of times, and sometimes they can be very gracious. I received offers for free balloon rides, some expensive wine, and other gifts. The first year we had the fes-tival, the animals all across the valley went crazy, running through fences and injuring themselves. The vet didnt sleep for days. Despite its startling beginning with the animals, it has certainly flourished and offers many activities for any who attend the magnificent event. Riding in the balloons is the most expen-sive part of the rally. It ranges from $275-$500

    depending on the number of people and how early you book your ride. However, you dont need to ride a hot air balloon to witness the beauty they offer. Parking for the day is only $5 but you can also walk or bike in for free.

    The morning of July 3rd, the flights begin at 6:00am and go until 8:30am and fly at that same time through the morning of July 6th. The eve-ning of July 3rd is the 3rd annual Driggs Glow. In downtown Driggs, from 5:30-8:30pm, the Driggs Glow will consist of

    an art walk, restaurant specials, kids activities, performances by local talent, and live music. The following day will feature a fourth of July parade in Victor at 10:30am and in the evening you can participate in the 2nd annual Candlestick Glow and Block party beginning at 4:30pm in Victor. This night will feature restau-rant specials, a poker run, sidewalk chalk art

    We are proud to sponsor balloons every year. The balloon festival has become an annual tradition that brings the valley and families together, as we watch the balloons fly by the

    Tetons. It is truly a beautiful sight.

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  • competition, a meet-&-greet with balloon pilots, a dj spin-ning on Main Street, and a Bal-loon Burner Pyrotechnics Show at dusk. The last day of the balloon rally is a sponsor and pilot appreciation dinner.