June 21, 2013
Started todays travels with two scenic byways.
First it was back up the Salmon River Scenic Byway.
After crossing the head of the valley the road starts to climb more seriously. 5% grade - not too bad for carbus. It also twists and turns but also not bad. Had worse two days ago over pass north of Salmon. Carbus handled it well. Near the summit there is an overlook. Looks down on the headwaters of the Salmon River and down the valley.
Headwaters of the Salmon River
Culvert holding Salmon River is just to left of 'Y' in road lower left
Ernest Hemmingway on right. Wife, Mary, on left
South from Ketchum on the road most use to enter Ketchum we met US 20 and turned east on a road we have traveled before.
Fifty miles later we passed Craters of the Moon National Monument. We have been there before so moved on up the road to Arco, ID. Pulled in to the same RV park we stayed in earlier (looking forward to tomorrows free breakfast) and set up.
Since it was still early afternoon we decided to take the car and drive 20 mile down the road tour EBR-1 National Historic Landmark.
First use of nuclear generated electricity. Lit four lights similar to these. Next day lit whole plant.
Somebodys really great idea. This contraption was designed to provide power to fly an airplane for up to 30 days non-stop. Several problems. The plant itself weighs more than a 747. Plane to hold it would be HUGE. Nucular shielding was minimal to none. Crew flying plane would receive more than lifetime radiation dose during their 30 day flight. Would be training new crew every month to fly plane. Idea never got off the ground so to speak.
Description of EBR-1 tour http://www.inl.gov/ebr/