Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at email@example.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. During this summer of “Fortnite,” my parental job (as Screen Time Police) has become increasingly difficult. However, wandering the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail and then grabbing a frozen at Tropical Sno or Deda’s Fine Baked Goods makes for a pleasant diversion.During the summer, my main job is Screen Time Police — devising clever ways to keep my children separated from their electronic devices. This job has become increasingly difficult during this long summer of “Fortnite.” The typical diversion tactic usually includes some wholesome old-school family activity followed by a bribe (usually something sweet).On a recent walk along the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, I discovered a couple of great places for frozen treats. The closest purveyor of frozen goodies is Tropical Sno, located in a parking lot on Northeast 117th Street, just up the street from the parking lot for Salmon Creek Regional Park and Klineline Pond. Tropical Sno is owned by Claudia Ruffalo, her son, Brian, and his wife, Janae. This is their eighth summer in this spot.Sno cones come in small ($3.85), medium ($4.45) and large ($5.05). The small size is generous enough for any child — little kid to teen. The plastic containers are a bit wobbly, so it’s good to tell kids to hold them tightly with two hands while transporting them to the car or a nearby picnic table.You can choose from popular, nonalcoholic concoctions (strawberry margarita, mai tai, Creamsicle) or design your own flavors (up to three) with optional add-ons (banana cream, coconut cream, gummy worms, vanilla cream and caramel topping) for an extra 50 cents. My daughter chose blue raspberry and cotton candy. She liked the flavors and enjoyed displaying her blue tongue for the rest of the afternoon.
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