Craters of the Moon – Arco, Idaho

I had never heard of Craters of the Moon before when Tim suggested we go there.  At the time, we had seen so many parks that they all started to look the same.  We needed something drastically different.  Craters of the moon fit the bill.

Ok, so picture this.  You’re driving along a hilly countryside like this one.

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And then you start seeing black spots dotting the landscape.  At first they look as if it was caused by a fire, but then you realize it’s black rock.

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I realize this picture is a little blurry, but it was quite windy that day.  In the distance behind Princess, you’ll see a black spot.  It’s similar to where she’s standing, black rock.  According to scientist Craters of the Moon was a major spot for volcanos, thus all the black rock.  As the earth’s crusts move, the volcano moved eventually landing in what’s now Yellowstone.

2015-07-16 16.10.20This one is called Inferno Cone.  The cone is made up of little black rocks that reacted a little like sand.  At the top of that hill in the distance, it actually goes up even more.  No one was more glad than I to actually make it to the top.

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It was windy that day and it blew even harder at the top, but it was worth it.

Another fun aspect to Craters were the lava tubes.  Lava tubes are formed when the lava forms bubbles and then cools.  It feels a little like going caving, but the landscape is drastically different.  At least every other spot I’ve gone caving is covered in trees, I don’t know about you.

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Inside the tubes didn’t go far, at least the one we went in, before hitting a spot that had had the roof crumble.  So there was an abundance of light.

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And last, but not least, are Spatter cones.  It’s really just like it sounds.  It’s a cone that formed because of lava.  However, while lava spattered up like hot bacon grease out of the cone, no lava actually flowed out of the cone.  It just spattered, cooled, and hardened.

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Ok, fun story: We were up near the mouth of this spatter cone looking around when we took this picture.

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The rails are there to protect people from falling in and climbing around the cone.  We found out that Superman could put his foot between the bars.  Don’t worry, his foot didn’t get stuck.  But as Handsome Hubby took this picture, Superman’s shoe came off on the other side of the fence.  The part that goes straight down.  Luckily his shoe landed next to the fence and not down the hole.  But there were some anxious moments while we tried to figure out how to get his shoe.  Needless to say, this is what we think of when we see the spatter cones.  We did get the shoe back.  I think C.J. or Princess were able to reach it by putting their arm through the bars.

May God bless your socks off, as He has ours!

Rachel

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