Sunday, September 12, 2021

Mosaic Monday #147: On the road again

In early August, #1 Son received the long-awaited news: he landed a job, a nuclear engineering position within the Idaho National Laboratory.  I jumped up and down for joy; he has been in job search mode since May 2020, and all of us were thrilled for him that his patience and perseverance paid off!

As I write this, we are in Idaho Falls, the largest town closest to the Lab.  (As you can see in the photo above, the facility is in the middle of "nowhere", by design!  Part of the company benefit package is a tour bus that transports employees to and from the site each day.)  #1 Son is required to obtain a security clearance, a process that could take until January.  Nevertheless, given the scarcity of housing in the West, we deemed it wise to take a road trip to look at apartments and put his name on the waiting list.

Never ones to miss out on an opportunity to explore, we turned the trip into a mini-vacation.  An art museum, a walk along the Snake River, the Aquarium, the Zoo, the Craters of the Moon National Monument, and a visit to a nearby city, Twin Falls.  We also took advantage of the plethora of unique restaurants here - many more than we have back at home!






So, this will be a short post - just having too much fun to write anything longer!


And if any of this sounds familiar, it is because we visited Idaho Falls and Craters of the Moon last fall (see Road Trippin' and Going to the Moon).  Little did we know then that #1 Son would be living here!!!!

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26 comments:

  1. Congrats to you son! I wish him the best on his new job and new home.
    Your mini-vacation sounds fun. Safe travels, enjoy your new week!

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  2. Congratulations your son, Angie.
    Wonderful news.

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  3. how wonderful. Congrats to your son. Not easy these days to get a job you really want. Thanks for sharing. Having fun is good!

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  4. You must be so happy for him! I remember the feeling. A kid off the books!

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  5. Congratulations to your son. How exciting for him and you all! Have fun tripping about....I know you will.

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  6. Hooray for your Son, that sounds exciting. Love the photos, such a beautiful place!

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  7. Congratulations to your son! What a wonderful opportunity! Enjoy your time away helping him settle in.

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  8. Congrats to your son. A new chapter with new adventures to be had. And luckily he's not so far away. My youngest works from home but has been applying for a while now for something different and says it pretty much sucks. :) Have a good week.

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  9. Perseverance is always a good thing. Congratulation to this wonderful news, gratulation to your son. And I understood at once, Angie, that your are happy, proud and glad.

    Have a good time there. Happy MosaicMonday
    Hugs, Heidrun

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  10. Congratulations on landing the great new job! What a great opportunity for you to have a trip on the back of that!

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  11. Tandoori Oven sounds like my kind of place. Happy trails!

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  12. Congratulations and best wishes!

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  13. We are so very proud of our Godson! And, we are excited he will be so close to us! Love you all.

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  14. Congratulations to son. I think it is probably a great place to work. I have several relatives who worked there from back in the cold war days so I still don't know what they did. The bus rides to and from work are legendary. They talked about bridge games and other amusements that went on for a long time.
    I love the local zoo.
    Next visit, if you have time and the inclination, visit the Museum of Idaho. My father helped put together the western town in the basement and he used a lot of stuff from family in the exhibits. The town is co-named after him.
    I hope your son enjoys the town. It has turned into a pretty cool place to be and is very outdoors recreation oriented.

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  15. Having too much fun....awe....sounds good to me! Enjoy your trip and best of everything for your son! Happy MM!

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  16. Congratulations to your son. Sounds like you are having a great time away.

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  17. Good for #1 Son. It sounds like a job worth waiting for, even if it is out in the middle of nowhere. Good for you to help with locating a place for him to live. And making it into a mini-vacation made it good for you. - Margy

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  18. Dear Angie, congratulations! His perseverance is paid off. Best wishes for his new job. I understand how you’re proud and relieved, and happy to assist him start a new life. Enjoy yourself and take care.

    Yoko

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  19. Hooray for son landing this job that is close enough for a road trip to see him or for him to see you! Our son-in-law's work requires a clearance, too and having that from his service in the military helped. Hope all goes well with getting to the top of the waiting list for that apartment!

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  20. Congrats your son, Angie.

    Happy Wednesday!

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  21. Angie, Congrats to your son! Great to spend time with family. Enjoy and have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  22. I'm happy for your son and for you all. And I really love the way you turned the trip into a fun roadtrip and not *just* a practical one (although in this case the practical part of it was pretty darn exciting too). So cool that he will be fairly close and of course also in such an interesting and scenic place!

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