once again, i find myself a wee bit behind in the bloggy part of my life. about a week ago, we left our parking lot accomodations, neighboring the airport in boise idaho, to head for craters of the moon national monument.
upon arrival, our first order of business was to get some info and pick up our junior ranger books at the visitor center. just outside the entrance was a map where we could show off our roots with a carefully placed pushpin. anna did the honors.
once we had our books in hand and a map and a bit of info, we were off. there’s pretty much a loop around the main lava flow areas, with spots where you can get out and hike a bit. we tried to strategically plan which hikes to do, using a complicated formula of distance, coolness factor, time of day, and level of whininess. therefore, at the first stop, we decided to just take some pics and keep moving along the loop.
our next stop was the inferno cone. it’s a short, but steep hike up an old cinder cone covered in a sort of lava gravel.
we had high hopes of hiking out about two miles to some caves, but everyone was pretty worn down at this point. (long travel day, hot temps, several mini hikes in the books). so, we just took some pictures of the cool lava fields and went back to the visitor center.
after our visit, we decided to check out the campground for availability. there were no sites left that would fit our camper, so anna and i busted out the tent for a night of tent camping, while derek, isaac and hazel went down the road a bit, to a truckstop for the night.
we were hopeful that the sky would stay clear and we would get a good dark sky view of the stars, but it was getting late and clouds rolled in, so we went to bed. i started to fall asleep, but anna was struggling. the mobile home in the next site was watching a tv show with very loud guns and shouting. it was not cool. i decided to get out and investigate, only to discover that the clouds had departed and we had a view of thousands of stars and we could even see the milky way!! we decided to take the cover off the tent, so we could sleep under the stars (and some tent mesh). that meant that as soon as the sun peeked over the mountains, we were jolted wide awake. well. i was. anna snoozed on…
when she did wake from her beauty sleep, we quickly packed up camp, ate a clif bar, and got on the road, to meet up with the rest of the lidbom rambling road show. and get coffee.