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Jun 21, 2019 - Craters of the Moon, Idaho

Cool morning but a clear bright sunny day, OK in the sun, a little too cool in the shade. Free waffle and coffee breakfast! Allan loved the fresh yummy waffle on their patio! Went driving through the craters of the moon area that has paved paths through the lava flows and old volcano hills. There are large patches of tiny little flowers struggling to bloom for just a few months. The lava area is 70 miles from end to end and 750,000 acres. We found out that they often train the astronauts here in preparation for Mars. It does kind of look...

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Summer 2019

Jun 20, 2019 - Craters of The Moon, Idaho

We got up early for an early start for a very long drive day from the little town of Oxbow along Hells Canyon. First part of the drive is south along the snake river in the opposite direction that we had come and it was also gorgeous. Parts of the river are as big as a lake like Pyramid Lake And the road is somewhat like Tioga Pass! Eventually we came out of the hills down to the flats and we actually had to get on the interstate for a while. We certainly prefer those back roads. The scenery is better and there are no trucks. Just imagine...

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Summer 2019

Jun 27, 2018 - Goodbye and Hello

We got up fairly early thanks to Trixie, so we had time for a couple cups of coffee in bed with the news, then went over to have a cup with Scar before we left. We were out of the campground by 9:30 and on the road by 10. The predicted wind did not materialize, so it was a beautiful day for traveling. We continued along Highway 20 to Idaho Falls, then picked up 26 all the way into Jackson. We met our friends outside of town so they could lead us into the national forest area they had picked out for us to camp. It turned out to be quite a...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Last Day in the Park

As I sit here with my glass of wine it occurs to me that this entry could have been labeled many different things. Today was our last day in the park, and as before, we took up where we had left off, at the Broken Top trailhead. This trail, 1.8 miles in length, goes around a cinder cone. On one side is where all the cinders blew in the wind and accumulated. On the other side we could look across the Broken Top lava flow and the Blue Dragon lava flow. The latter was so named because of the blue sheen and the spikey fragments. The blue sheen...

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Jun 25, 2018 - A Change of Pace

The weather was supposed to be warmer today, so we decided to take a break from lava rocks. Larry and Debby are from Salmon, about 3 hours north of here, so told us about the next town north, Mackay. It is an old mining town. Mackay’s Mine Hill is the most significant part of the Alder Creek Mining District. Ore was first discovered in 1879, meaningful production began in 1884 and continued into the 1980’s. Almost a million tons of ore have been removed, primarily copper, but also zinc, lead, silver and gold. There is a museum in town, but...

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Jun 24, 2018 - More of the Volcano

Our first stop today was the Inferno Cone, a large mound created by drifting cinder from adjacent volcanic eruptions. The trail to the top is just a short ½ mile with a gain in elevation of 160 feet. I have to say that it was a difficult hike for me, but with enough stops (always a good time to take pictures!) I reached the summit. At the top is an excellent view of a number of cinder cones lined up along the Great Rift. The Great Rift system consists of a series of north-northwest-trending fractures which extend 50 miles from the northern...

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Jun 23, 2018 - Craters of the Moon

Today we went back to the park. After a stop at the visitor center to talk with the rangers and to watch the movie, we were on our way on the loop drive. First stop was the North Crater Flow. It is a 0.3 mile trail which crosses one of the youngest flows in the park. On the trail are monoliths and crater fragments which rafted here by the lava flows. For our first glimpse of the park, it was awesome! It overlooked the RV park. We drove through it and discovered that we could have fit in a very few of the sites. In the distance is the Lost...

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Jun 22, 2018 - Free Camping

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...

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Aug 10, 2016 - Day 2 What a Venue

This was a glorious second day of the Road Trip Olympics. Despite traveling through country where signs pointing off into the desolate sagebrush bore names like Bloody Shins Trail, Mote (a very small town I'm guessing) and Lost River, gold medal performances were plentiful. The first gold goes to Mother Nature who painted today's sky a glowing blue, the fields of alfalfa a most intense dark green, the grain being harvest a transluescent pale ale yellow and the miles of lava rocks at Craters of the Moon National Monument the flattest of...

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Going for the Gold

Sep 5, 2015 - Craters of the Moon NM

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is located in the Snake River Plain of central Idaho. It is along US 20 (concurrent with US 93 & US 26), between the small towns of Arco and Carey, at an average elevation of 5,900 feet above sea level. The protected area's features are volcanic and represent one of the best-preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States. The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, a presidential proclamation by President Clinton greatly expanded the Monument area. The...

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2015 RV Adventure

Aug 14, 2015 - Idaho, Wyoming and Utah

I traveled across SE Oregon and met up with Carol Anderson outside Vale, OR. Carol was headed West, I East. She and I were volunteers at McDowell Mtn. Park in Fountain Hills a couple of years ago. Finally, out of the wildfire smoke. From there I traveled along the Snake River to Island Park, Idaho and met up with Bill and Kelly Chambers. We had volunteered at Navajo State Park in Colorado. They are volunteering in Island Park for the summer. We took the scenic route to St Anthony Sand Dunes and then stopped in Rexburg for lunch and to take...

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Newt's Journal

Aug 25, 2014 - Craters of the moon

8/25 Craters of the Moon Today, after 2400 miles, we finally found summer in Ontario Oregon. It was a day of extremes. It was 31 degrees when we left West Yellowstone this morning and 90 degrees when we arrived in Ontario, Oregon late afternoon. Along the way, we stopped to visit the Craters of the moon. Nothing else exciting for the day. This is a vast volcanic which was designated as a National Wilderness area in 1970.

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