2013 Western Road Trip Day 7, June 5

I left out a few points from yesterdays posting. I think it is because for various factors we are driving and eating later so I run out of steam. Anyway, here are a few photos I missed.

The first is the JC Penny “mother store” in Kemmerer, ID, a town that we attempted to get a room at but none we available. We even tried a “Bates” motel.

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We also saw some spectacular scenery along the way such as these shots I took when we went off on a dirt road in search of an historic cabin that we never found.

Aspen tree grove

Aspen tree grove

Endless road to snow capped mountains

Endless road to snow capped mountains

Today we’re heading out of Montpelier, ID towards Pocatello, ID and points west.  We stop every hour or so to walk around. We saw a sign for a hot springs and thought it was time for a break so we pulled over at a  town named Lava Hot Springs, ID.

Babs & Jane went searching for “facilities” and discovered the city’s springs park which have springs in temperatures ranging from 112 to 105 degrees. You can stay all day for $5.

Hot Springs Park

Hot Springs Park

112 degree pool

112 degree pool

In Blackfoot, ID we found the ex-Uniroyal tire girl recycled to the attraction for Martha s cafe.

Recycled Uniroyal tire girl

Recycled Uniroyal tire girl

Blackfoot is also home to the Idaho Potato Museum.

Idaho Potato Museum

Idaho Potato Museum

The museum has all sorts of potato farming information, equipment and all things potato. Seniors can spend all the time they want for $2.50, such a deal!

World's largest potato crisp

World’s largest potato crisp

Next we set of in search of Atomic City, a modern ghost town and the worlds first nuclear Reactor.

Abandoned garage in Atomic City

Abandoned garage in Atomic City

We thanked Babs for this exciting side trip and then travled 3 miles to the worlds first nuclear reactor, EBR2. This reactor is no longer in use but the technology that resulted from its development is still used in Europe. After the “three mile Island” incident, the US switched the way that they produce nuclear power.

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Warning sign

Warning sign

Reactor building

Reactor building

Reactor core

Reactor core

Denny at control panel

This site is where the radio active debris from the Three Mile Island was transported and buried somewhere in their 900 plus acre site. Across the way is a breeder reactor which produces much of the fuel for reactors still operated.

Down the road in Arco, ID we found Pickles Restaurant, “home of the Atomic Burger”.

Pickles Restaurant

Pickles Restaurant

The town also is home of the “Devil Boat” named so because of the submarines number “666”. It served in WWII and was involved in many missions. The Cunning tower is now in the Blackfoot park.

Cunning tower in Blackfoot Park

IMG_0154 Cunning tower in Blackfoot Park

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Our next destination was Craters of the Moon National Monument. This is a park literally sitting on lava from ancient volcano s. The landscape is varied forms of volcanic rock .

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Volcanic rock at Craters of the Moon

Volcanic rock at Craters of the Moon

Babs and Denny decided to climb this extinct volcanic cone that is over 300 feet high. It is a cone made of volcanic ash.

Babs & Denny climbing volcanic cone

Babs & Denny climbing volcanic cone

I thought that they were at the top of the cone but they were only half way

I thought that they were at the top of the cone but they were only half way

Our last stop was Twin Falls, ID where Evil Knievel jumped the Snake River Gouge.

Twin Falls Gorge

Twin Falls Gorge of the Snake River

This bridge spans the gorge. It is 400 feet above the gorge floor. People can base jump from the bridge without a permit. Just as we got there a guy jumped. I didn’t see it because I was slow getting from the car but everybody else saw him jump. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get a photo.

Twin Falls Bridge

Twin Falls Bridge

Tomorrow, Hells Canyon.

Babs Says: We came, we saw, we conquered the cones.

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2 thoughts on “2013 Western Road Trip Day 7, June 5

  1. Frank says:

    So you are telling me Babs has nothing to say about the Idaho Potato Museum?!?!? If she were going to be deserted in one museum for the rest of her life, I bet it’d be the Idaho Potato Museum.

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