The eclipse circus is rolling into town. Here where I’m at we will have 99.6 % eclipse. Poor Pinedale, population 2000, is expecting 30,000 visitors. There are no available motel rooms or campground spaces available for 200 miles. Just up the road in Jackson where they are at 100 % eclipse, the town is relaxing it’s zoning laws and people are renting out bedrooms for $1000 a night, minimum 3 nights. The Rendezvous Lodge is renting chairs to watch the eclipse for $375 each. It’s going to be a zoo. Neither Dick Cheney or Harrison Ford have sent me invitations to watch the eclipse at their palatial mansions, so I guess I’m on my own to find a place to watch.

South Pass

The rush to the South Pass area began in 1867 when significant amounts of gold were discovered at the Carissa Mine.  Two towns grew up in the area, South Pass City and Atlantic City.

South Pass City

Atlantic City

Carissa Mine

Carissa Mine


August is here.  Nothing much has been going on, just working on a few projects.  The county fair was last weekend.  The weather has stabilized and warmed up.  Warm means upper 70’s to low 80’s.

The World’s First Nuclear Power Plant

On December 20, 1951, Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 became the first power plant in the world to produce usable electricity using atomic energy.  Located between Idaho Falls and Arco, Idaho, the facility was declared a National Historic Landmark by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Control Console

Control Room

Steam Turbine