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We continued our journey along Highway 20 in Idaho. Our goal was to see Craters of the Moon. We felt the camping was a little pricey for dry camping, so we went instead to a free privately owned campground called Honeys in Arco, 18 miles east of the park. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but it sounded like a good adventure, so here we are.

This place is owned by a single man, 47 years young who is a veteran. Due to medical issues, he had to give up traveling and thought this would be a good Plan B. The park ( I use the term loosely) is named after his old dog, who has since passed away. His current dog is Ruby, an old hound dog who was trained to hunt bears and badgers (he says.) Anyway, she was trained on cats, which is not a good thing for my Trixie!

We came into this wide open field, with electrical hookups around the back fence. So here we are in a free campsite with electric and wifi, plus a really nice host. He left before happy hour when we got here, so we helped the next couple set up, who later joined us for happy hour. Certainly better than the KOA down the block!

We are in the little town of Arco, which is famous for being the first city in the world to be lit by atomic power. It is also one of the Navy’s most important and shadowy submarine outposts. It is where nuclear powered submarines were developed and tested. Quite a history for a small town!

Their other claim to fame, though not on such a grand scale is their ‘wall of numbers.’ Every year the graduating high school class climbs this mountain to paint gigantic numbers of their graduation year, a tradition that dates back to 1929

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