When I walked past the camper this evening, and gave a small sigh, I realized that although we're not going anywhere this summer, I still haven't shared all of last summer's adventures. Maybe this summer I'll travel back through my memory.
When we left Golden Spike we headed to Craters of the Moon National Monument. We thought this would be an interesting stop over on our way to the West coast. But, it turned out to be one of those places we wished we had more time to explore.
Craters of the Moon had a wonderful visitor's center where the kids really got a first hand look at how volcanic activity happens. Then, we headed out on a driving tour with short hikes where we learned about the formation of different kinds of lava (ah-ah, pahoehoe, lava bombs) and different kinds of volcanoes (cinder cones, shield volcanoes, etc.). We also learned that there were lava tubes we could explore. We made plans to return in the morning when we were better prepared with headlamps and flashlights. We also made plans to join a ranger hike where we could learn even more about this unique place.
We fully enjoyed our visit to Craters of the Moon. The campground was tidy, and had great natural places in the lava formations for the kids to hide and play. The staff was outstanding and friendly; we learned so much in our short visit. We were very sorry to leave, and stayed much longer than anticipated. We'll be headed back there the next time we venture west.
|Trying to look like they're about to get blown off the cinder cone.|
|Lava tube entrance|
|Hiking up the cinder cone|
|Pahoehoe (rope like) lava|
|Ah-Ah lava (sharp and brittle)|
|In the lava tube|
|See the lava drips? Lava tubes are formed when some of the lava cools and the rest runs through it like a river.|