Thursday, August 23, 2007
I Departed Idaho Falls on the morning of 22 August 2007. Instead of taking I84 west to Boise I took the more direct route of US20. I'm glad I did, I saw a lot more scenery and interesting places this way.
While heading across Idaho on US20 West I came to the small city of Arco, Idaho. Arco's claim to fame is they were the first city to be lighted by Atomic Energy. You see Arco is located right next to INEEL or Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. I have known of this site most of my adult life, not because I had been there, but from my days in the Navy. INEEL was the home of the Navy's Nuclear Power Training Unit Idaho Falls, Idaho. While I was in the Navy's Submarine program the Nuc's as we called them were mostly trained there. I heard many stories about their times in Idaho Falls. Actually, though they were miles away from Idaho Falls. In fact a lot of the stories I had heard were about those long trips to and from work/class each day.
Also in Arco is a small park with a submarine sail from the USS Hawkbill (SSN 666). The Hawkbill was also known as the "The Devil Boat." The Devil Boat because 666 is in the Book of Revelations in the Bible.
Then I headed on west and stopped next at the Craters of the Moon National Monument. I had been there once before about 1996 with my mother. It was a few months after my dad passed away and I was trying to find things to keep her busy so we did some day trips. We had gone to Twin Falls and looked at the falls then North to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Then we went west to Mountain Home and back to Emmett which is where we lived at that time.
Anyway, I stopped by the Craters of the Moon National Monument this time and walked out onto the now cooled lava or as it is known in the cool state igneous rock. They have several paved trails that allow you to actually walk right out into it. They say that this is one of the places the Apollo astronauts trained for their moon landings. I don't know why, because it doesn't look anything like any picture or scene I have scene of the moon.
After departing the Craters of the Moon National Monument I continued west to Mountain Home picking up I84 to Boise. I arrived in time to miss the evening commuter traffic which is just what I had hoped for. My actual location is now Meridian, Idaho which is a suburb of Boise. I am staying at the Bosie-Meridian RV Resort.
Now I need to tell you how I know this was the end of my current adventure. While I was in Idaho Falls I got a dashboard warning light for my ABS system. I looked it up in the manual and it said my brakes were not affected it was just a problem with the Automatic Breaking System. So I decided to wait until I arrived in Boise to take care of it. Then as I was departing Idaho Falls my Schedule Engine Maintenance warning light came on. After arriving in Boise I was putting some bottled water into my RV basement and one of the latches came loose. This coupled with my air conditioner having gone out last week, I decided it was time to stop and take care of things. Now you know why I say it is the end of the current adventure and not too soon.
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