Paul Ryan zips through Idaho Falls

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, speaks in the East Room of the White House on July 26, 2017, in Washington. Ryan stopped in Idaho Falls on Tuesday for undisclosed meetings after having participated in a fundraiser in Boise earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House Speaker Paul Ryan was in Idaho Falls briefly, though officials have been tight-lipped about the purpose of the visit.

Visitors enjoy museum eclipse events

Charissa Nelson, 6, shoots an arrow from a straw during a STEM event at the Museum of Idaho after the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

A handful of tourists continued to mill around Idaho Falls after Monday’s total solar eclipse, enjoying the Museum of Idaho’s offeringsfor visitors who didn’t want to sit in traffic after the celestial event.

River Walk visitors stunned by eclipse

Diana Alanis, left, and Mario Alanis, of San Jose, Calif., watch the final moments of the total solar eclipse over Idaho Falls on Monday. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

As the last of the sun’s blinding rays were blocked out by the shadow of the moon, the sun’s silver-blue corona became visible and a whoop rang out along Idaho Falls’ River Walk. Pim Jansen and Joanna Govers traveled to Idaho Falls all the way from their home in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They had been planning the trip for nearly a decade.

Future eclipses in the 21st century

The next big coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will be on Aug. 12, 2045. Salt Lake City is in the path of totality for that eclipse. courtesy greatamericaneclipse.com

For those who miss Monday’s total solar eclipse, it will be another 152 years until another one is visible in Idaho. Those who want to see another total eclipse in their lifetime will have several options throughout the 21st century in the United States.

Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best

Jon Drollinger poses for a photo in the back of a mini-ambulance in Idaho Falls on Thursday. The Idaho Falls Fire Department has learned from other nations to prepare for the upcoming eclipse by utilizing a mini-ambulance and golf carts to access patients quickly in the event of congested traffic. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

As people from around the world flood into Idaho Falls to witness Monday’s total eclipse, city officials are making final emergency preparations.

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