We woke up Sunday morning in Utah with very little to do except head north to Idaho so we got out the atlas and checked what was up there. The closest thing we were interested in was Craters of the Moon National Monument. So, we pointed TomTom to it and hit the road. On the way there Kate’s Roadside America app told us that we’d be passing the world’s first nuclear power plant (EBR-1 is a National Historic Landmark) and that they give tours. This sounded great so we stopped there.
In the parking lot they have two versions of a nuclear jet engine developed in the ’50’s, the program was never completed.
Below is the SCRAM button that was used to stop the reactor by dropping the control rods into the core. In early reactor tests a man stood by with an axe to cut the rope holding the rods above the core. He was the “Safety Control Rod Axe Man.”
The plant was really interesting and worth the stop. Next we pushed on to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. This area is a vast plane of lava flows and cinder cones that I thought only existed in Hawaii.
Kate took the one-way scenic road as an opportunity to drive the RV and get used to the feel for the beast. She did well. When we were done at the park we backtracked to the closest town, Arco, and took a spot at the local RV park.