Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Park

img_0717This summer, I went on a heck of a road trip. Starting in California, the trail took me through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, into Wyoming, and to North Dakota. Armed with an annual parks pass, I visited four national parks and saw a lot along the way.  I’m still too exhausted from the trip to write much, but I thought I’d share some views from Idaho.

 

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The Snake River, just outside Twin Falls.

Frankly, I’d never given much thought to Idaho. Now that I’ve been there, I think of it often. I’d love to go back; it’s remarkably beautiful. My favorite part was the Craters of the Moon National Park. While planning my trip, I spotted the park on my trusty road atlas. As soon as I saw the name, I knew I had to make a detour and check it out.

 

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On its website, the National Park Service says: “Craters of the Moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km.).The smaller Wapi and Kings Bowl lava fields also formed along the Great Rift during the most recent eruptive period (approximately 2000 years ago).”

How could I pass that up? So, off I went to the Craters of the Moon. Here are some pictures I got. You can see more from Idaho in DSCN4793my Flicker album.

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DSCN4869More to come from Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks.

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