Craters of the Moon

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Panoramic view of the park and surrounding areas from the top of a large cinder cone

Desolation as far as the eye can see. A landscape ravaged by the Earth rending and cracking apart from 15,000 to 2,000 years ago. More than 25 separate cones created 60 distinct lava flows. The devastation remains 2000 years after the last lava flow trickled out and the Earth’s wound stopped it’s deluge of molten rock.

This is my second time visiting Craters of the Moon National Park in the last year. I decided to go with my brothers and sisters and their families while visiting my parents in Idaho. This place is in the middle of nowhere but it’s sure unique.

We spent times climbing cinder cones,

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pretending we could fly,

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exploring caves,

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hiking through gnarly fields of lava

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scaling rocks,

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and marveling over wildflowers growing out of the volcanic ash and rock.

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