Is anyone else around here in shock that it's already AUGUST??? Since I am deep in denial, this post is re-winding to our Fourth of July weekend with #1 Son in Idaho Falls. Between classic patriotic events such as the parade and fireworks, plus typical tourist attractions (the Zoo!), we were on the go, go, go. And the time spent with #1 Son was the cherry on the sundae!
In the past, I have written posts about the love that #1 Son and I have for museums. We were delighted to find that the Museum of Idaho was hosting the "Genghis Khan: Conquest and Culture" exhibit - bingo! #1 Son has a particular interest in all things Asian. Friday morning we headed to this display, showcasing more than 300 original artifacts including ancient weapons, jewelry and domestic items.
The morin khur (horse-head fiddle) is the national instrument of Mongolia. In Genghis Khan's time, every man was expected to know how to play it. (see left side of collage below) While at the museum, a gentleman was playing a horse-head fiddle, sometimes accompanied by a woman on a dulcimer-like instrument.
These cats are just a LITTLE bigger than the kitties back at the apartment. And yes, I only took pictures of cats ...
The next day, we went to the Farmer's Market. I was fascinated by these Chimney Cakes, which I had never seen before. Labeled as "Transylvanian Treats", the batter was slathered on the skewers and baked over a charcoal fire. When done, the skewers "rested" upright on the table, and then your selected coating (cinnamon sugar was popular) was applied. Final step was to bang the skewer on the table, and the cake would magically slide off into the bag. Voila! Too bad I closed my eyes for the photo!
That afternoon, we took a break from the heat and went to the movies - have you see the Elvis movie with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks? A terrific film - even though it was hard to watch Tom Hanks in a "bad guy" role!
On Sunday, we went to church and had a lazy afternoon (more time with the cats!) before an evening baseball game. The Idaho Falls Chukars are an independent baseball team of the Pioneer League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball but is an MLB Partner League. What is more American than hot dogs, popcorn and baseball for the Fourth?
And then it was the Fourth! We began our day early, staking out a spot to watch the Parade, which began at 9 am. The theme was "Let Freedom Ring".
There were several "cheer" floats, and all of them had the cheerleaders on these boxes - didn't seem too safe if the trailer needed to stop suddenly.
We are partial to marching bands since #1 Son was in his high school marching band all through high school. If you are similarly inclined, here is one video for you.
And I know #1 Daughter would love this VW bus.