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Jun 30, 2018 - Craters of the Moon National Monument

We left Redmond KOA on Monday, June 25th. We spent that night at the Wildhorse Casino and RV park in Pendleton, Oregon. The next morning we moved on to the Ambassador RV Resort in Caldwell, Idaho (very nice park if any of you ever get this way). We stayed for 2 days. We arrived in Arco, Idaho yesterday. For you history nuts, Arco was the first city (town?) in the United States to have electricity generated solely by by nuclear power. This event occurred for about an hour on July 17, 1955. The US Navy trained over 40,000 sailors to operate...

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Aug 8, 2017 - Arco ID

A small change to the itinerary; we decided to stay the night in Arco to visit the EBR-1 Atomic Museum (Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1). The reactor is a decommissioned research reactor and US National Historic Landmark located in the desert about 18 miles southeast of Arco ID. At 1:50 p.m. on December 20, 1951, it became one of the world's first electricity-generating nuclear power plants when it produced sufficient electricity to illuminate four 200-watt light bulbs. Electricity had earlier been generated by a nuclear reactor on...

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The Summer of 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - Craters of the Moon

Left Grant Village cg @ 10:30 and drove to the west entrance of Yellowstone and didn't see any wildlife. Headed into Idaho and there are lots of forest service roads in pretty area where you could camp. We went on to Idaho falls to get rv supplies and then started across the lower middle part towards Ketchum. The Blue Angels were practicing in the area for a show so we stopped for a bit to watch. There's lots of land owned by the Idaho research facility that's restricted and Arco was the first town to use atomic power for electricy so who...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Arco, Idaho

Today we drove to Arco, Idaho. One might wonder why we would go to a place located in the middle of nowhere. Well there were two reasons. One Arco is the nearest town to Craters of the Moon national monument and it was the first city in the United States to be powered by nuclear energy. About 20 miles from Arco is located Atomic City, Idaho which is the location of the Idaho National Laboratory which was the home to our nuclear energy program. The facility has developed over 50 different reactors including the one that powered the USS...

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Jun 3, 2017 - Craters of the Moon National Monument

Great day! Started out with delicious free Belgian waffles on the KOA patio. Of course we brought real maple syrup with us! We saw lots of animals today, including 2 Grizzly Bears, 2 Black Bears, Bison, Elk, wild turkeys, mule deer, pronghorn deer. Sounds great doesn't it? Actually, that was this afternoon at the Zoo Idaho in Pocatello𯘀 We also saw quite a few other wild and domestic animals. Anyway, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was our big destination. It was formed from volcanic activity as long ago as 15,000 years...

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Jun 2, 2017 - Grand Teton Mall, Eaglerock RV Service Center to Arco, ID

Since we had an oil change and tire rotation at 1 pm, we stayed around the campsite and I finished the laundry, then we went to Grand Teton Mall to walk around. On the way, we saw a cute little bike that the little girl was moving along with her feet as it had no pedals. It was real cute. We paid $2.45 for gas at Sam's. It is another beautiful mostly sunny day with a high of 87. It took about 2 1/2 hours for RV service, so we just drove to the KOA in Arco and will do Craters of the Moon National Monument tomorrow. The road to Arco was...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Noodling Around

August 31, 2016 Arco, ID The other day I noticed Wanda’s outlet for dumping gray water was dripping. Uh-oh, somebody forgot to put the cap back on and now it was missing. I managed to get it stopped but knew I needed to find a hardware store as soon as possible. Luckily I found an ad in the little local Glenns Ferry newspaper and stopped there on my way out of town. I explained what I needed to the friendly clerk and he asked, “Male or female?” I said, “I have no idea”, so we went outside so he could take a look. “Female!” We made small...

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Born to Wanda

Jul 6, 2016 - Lava Hot Springs, ID to Arco, ID

Lava Hot Springs, ID to Arco, ID Day 47: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 The day’s trip was 120 miles with a stop in Pocatello (actually the suburb of Chubbuck) to shop and fuel. We left our site in Lava Hot Springs at 8:10 am with nice weather. The route was west on US 30 about 15 miles to McCammon, ID and the intersection of US 30 with I-15. From there it was about 22 miles north on I-15; we exited from I-15 to I-86 west to reach the Chubbuck exit to Smith’s Grocery; which was about a mile north of the freeway. We shopped, then fueled and were back...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Arco

Arco is a city in south-central Idaho, population was 995 at the 2010 census and is the county seat and largest city in Butte County. Arco is located along the Big Lost River and is a gateway to the Lost River Range from the Snake River Plain. Craters of the Moon National Monument is located along U.S. Route 20, southwest of the city. Originally known as Root Hog, the original town site was five miles south at the junction of two stagecoach lines (Blackfoot-Wood River and Blackfoot-Salmon). A suspension bridge that crossed the Big Lost...

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2015 RV Adventure

Aug 20, 2015 - EBR-1 Atomic Museum

Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 Wikipedia A very large portion of this desert was used by the US Navy and Air Force as a Proving Grounds for the testing of Ordinance. American Material Culture: Investigating a WW II Trash Dump

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Aug 19, 2015 - Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Wikipedia An enjoyable and informative day trip: Pronghorn do NOT like to jump. They crawl under fences Lichen turns lava rock into dirt The dead trees you see are a result of mistletoe The bushy dead clumps of these dead trees are called "Witches Broom" We did not visit the Lava Caves or the Tree Molds

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Sep 13, 2014 - Arco, Idaho -- September

We had a fine trip from Missoula to Arco... We got set up by 3:00 and then got our laundry done. Arco has the distinction of having been the first town ever supplied electrical power from a nuclear source, in 1955. On Tuesday we awaited the arrival of George and Susan Burnett. They spent the past month in the Yellowstone Park/Grand Teton Park area. They arrived about 6:00 and we shared a meal of Red Beans and Rice. On Wednesday, we toured about half of the Craters of the Moon National Monument. The park is the result of several volcanic...

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