Crawford's Trip 2014 travel blog

Our friend GEROAM enjoying the view from the campsite at Craters of...

There were a few campers despite the lousy weather.

We marveled at the view.

Imagine 750,000 acres like this.

Amazing wildflowers poking out from the lava rocks and flows.

This particular wildflower covered all the cinder fields.

This is a typical scene of lava flows, piles of lava rocks,...

So unusual.

What a stark contrast from the dark rocks, all these wildflowers.

Ed pointing out the lichen and the fact that the trees had...

More wildflowers.

It was pouring rain, but we hiked anyway.

More wildflowers.

Amazing that flowers can grow through all that rock and ash. And...

This would have been a great photo if the sun had been...

We love Boise, and Kristine, and it was difficult to say goodbye to both. We had such nice weather while we were there, it was disappointing to leave in rain. And boy, did it rain. As we drove the 300 miles to Idaho Falls, we drove in and out of dark storm clouds and lots of rain. We cringed each time a big truck passed us because we knew the motorhome was getting very dirty. We arrived at the Elks Lodge in Idaho Falls in time for happy hour. They had plug-ins in their parking lot for about 6 rigs but there were only 2 of us for the weekend.

They invited us to attend a benefit auction dinner the next night, which we did. We missed the Ogemaw Kids Club auction/dinner so I guess this was the alternative for us. We ended up buying a few things, including a homemade Costa Rica cake that was divine! We shared it with our table, but ate the other half of the cake in 2 days! It was that good.

Even though it rained the entire weekend, we wanted to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve so we donned our raincoats, packed a picnic lunch, and headed out. It was about 80 miles from Idaho Falls and it rained most of the way. Glad we did it though, as it is an amazing, unusual part of Idaho. There are 750,000 acres of lava fields and scatter cones from volcanic eruptions they estimate happened 15,000 years ago to as “recently” as 2,000 years ago. There is a campground there but most of the sites were small and the ground was black as lava rocks are everywhere and the ground looks like cinder gravel. The spring blooms were all over the lava fields and it was very unusual looking. We drove the 7 mile loop through the Monument/Preserve area and took a short hike in the rain. Wish it would have been a nicer day, but it was still pretty cool. I forgot to mention that the early astronauts trained here as it was thought to look like the surface of the moon. However, when the astronauts finally got to the moon, they discovered it didn’t look at all like the moon craters as those craters were made by meteorite hits. Too late though, President Calvin Coolidge had already proclaimed and designated this area as Craters of the Moon.

Because we hadn’t been in rain for so long, we had no idea we had a problem with the roof until we got back from our excursion and discovered leaks all over the front of the rig. We ended up setting out bowls and towels to catch all the drips including drips from the overhead electric outlets and lights. I should have taken a picture because we really looked like trailer trash. No wonder we like to stay in arid climates.

On the road to West Yellowstone, Montana and parts east. More soon.

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