Bus Driver Jim has been an eclectic computer programmer and photographer since the early seventies. A recent twenty year stint in the transportation industry has earned him the handle and this blog is a documentary of his life and travels.
Lot’s of working adults wearing costumes in town, and the Victor Community School kids were dressed up this morning, making the rounds.
Halloween is a non-event for us. We haven’t had anybody trick-or-treat us in the last 5 years. We always buy candy, and then end up eating it ourselves. So, this blog post will be the closest I can come today, to spooky.
I was giving Tom his regular afternoon ride to Victor today, via Bates Road. He knows a lot about this valley, and I love picking his brain.
As we drove by this thick cluster of trees, he told me that two spies had houses in there, with other houses for support. He rambled on about the details, which I mostly missed because I was taking this photo and worrying about being in the sights of a sniper rifle.
Steph whipped up a bunch of treats, in a Halloween motif, and put them in a cardboard box for me to give out to the kids. We’ve been doing this for a few years now, with Easter and Christmas as the primary events.
My Victor Community School kids were more then willing to dig into the box today.
They were just Hershey’s Kisses, but it’s the presentation that counts :-)
I gave Tom a ride out to Moose Creek Ranch today, along the Old Jackson Highway. As we drove by this concrete bunker looking thing he said, “That’s Victor’s water supply”. I slammed on the brakes and said, “What?”
Tom’s lived here a long time and told me about this well, while I took photos. It was built back in the 30’s on top of a shallow Aquifer. It has two well heads, one that supplies drinking water to the residents, and one that provides irrigation water to the farmers.
This is the purifying unit for the drinking water.
I took this shot through the fence…
This is White Mountain, on the way to Moose Creek.
I mentioned in my Bike Light post that the city should have built a bike tunnel, instead of a crossing, in that 45 zone. I found out yesterday from Carol Stratton (a regular commenter here) that Victor had one on the south end of town.
She said it was built as they were constructing the highway, years ago. She even went through it in a horse drawn carriage.
I located it today, just south of the Gateway Chevron, in a 55 zone.
On the way to Mesa Falls yesterday we passed an old house that has always fascinated me. Of course I had to stop and photograph it.
I’m assuming it was built when the first Mormon farmers descended on the area, well over a hundred years ago. It overlooks thousands of acres of pristine farmland that is still being actively farmed today. Here’s the Satellite view…
Many generations of Teton Valley natives probably originated from this home.
I’m intrigued with the history of this house and I’ve put out feelers to my Mormon friends, for some background. I will update this post as soon as I get the story.
We have a new bike path in town that crosses Hwy 33 at Creekside Meadows. This crossing occurs at a point where traffic is either accelerating from 45 to 55 heading to Victor, or slowing down from 55 to 45 heading into downtown Driggs.
Either way, it’s a bad place to have a stop light, but the electricians that hooked up our traffic light recently, were hard at work today installing this thing.
There was some discussion previously about putting a tunnel underneath the highway. Personally, I think that would have been brilliant.
This new system is solar powered and push button activated. We’ll see how going from 45 to zero quickly, works out…
My son Riley had a very influential teacher in elementary school (sadly I can’t remember his name). Riley dropped by and visited him one day, while in high school. The teacher recognized his love of cars, and recommended Wyotech as a career option.
Wyotech is the premiere trade school in the United States, which teaches people how to rebuild automobiles that have been damaged in accidents, back to original condition.
Riley chose this option and made an amazing journey down to Laramie, Wyoming after high school, mastered the Wyotech courses, and returned home to Kent, Washington. Considering how many college grads are unemployed, it was a great decision.
He has evolved into a skilled craftsman and is now working for one of the best autobody shops in Washington. Here is Riley’s latest project, a mangled Jeep, restored to new.
This career choice also allowed him to achieve his dream of buying a great house with a nice big shop, to work on his vehicles. Not bad for a 24 year old! I’m a proud dad…