Saturday, June 15, 2013

Road Tripping with Ozzie - 4

We visited Rigby, Idaho where a local teenage boy had some Eureka moments roughly 100 years ago. On Sept. 7, 1927 Philo Taylor Farnsworth became the first person to successfully demonstrate the transmission of television signals. He was 21 at the time and had been working in his teenage years to invent an electronic scanning tube for television signals.
   So Rigby, a town of 4,000, claims to be the birthplace of television.
   I wasn’t impressed, because I’m not impressed with TV. Little to watch now that great dog stars such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie are gone. I’ll probably catch some reruns of the Littlest Hobo when we get up to Canada.
   Soon after Rigby we had our own Eureka moment: our first clear view of the magnificent Teton Mountain range along the Idaho-Wyoming border. Wow what a set of snow-capped peaks. No wonder the French-Canadian explorers here called them les trois t├ętons, the three breasts. (They had been away from home a long time).
   Our view was over several miles of unbroken sagebrush, which has been a constant on this trip.
   So much sagebrush that I started thinking about what someone could do with it. Then I thought of Stephen King who gets his book ideas by asking himself ‘What If?’
   What if a mad chemist decided to be a recluse in the high desert? And he starts looking for uses for the millions of sagebrush plants that surround him. He experiments and comes up with a food additive that reverses craziness in people; the craziness that has infected the human world.
   No so far fetched, eh? The Navajo used vapours from sage to treat headaches. The Zuni rubbed sage oil on their skin to ease body aches.
   Who says dogs like me don’t possess great thinking skills? Wait til you read my novel on the mad scientist lost in the sagebrush.

Ozzie, your rock star Alaskan Malamute
 For more interest stuff on this trip check my Mom’s blog at:

(P.S. We are in a campground at Yellowstone. The people who checked us in said they had to put us on the edge of bear territory. I'm not concerned. If a bear shows up, I'll nudge the Old Guy out the RV door and he can manage it.)

Yellowstone Campfire

Unintelligent Animals Met Along the Way
Marcus and John Enter Montana

Sagebrush and Tetons

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