Sunday, July 6, 2014

Craters of the Moon.

We arrived at Craters of the Moon after a long 10+hour drive. We got to the campsite and talked to the ranger about what we should do the following morning before going to Yellowstone. She had several suggestions that really peaked our interests. It was getting late so we set up camp and had dinner.  We relaxed for a bit while I read and Brad played with is camera. He got some pretty neat photos.

Craters of the Moon is a vast area all covered in lava rock and lava tubes from the volcanic eruption that occurred about 2,000 years ago. It was truly amazing and unlike anything we had ever seen before. It got it's name because it actually looks like the surface of the moon!! How cool!   

We woke up bright and early ready to take on the day of small hikes and driving. The ranger had told us about a ranger lead cave walk and we decided that we needed to go.  We stopped at a few splatter cones before heading to the trail head for the caves or huge lava tubes. 

The ranger was extremely knowledgable and took us on a great little hike to the different caves.  We stopped along the way and learned a lot about the eruption and how the park was created.  The ranger lead us to the guided cave-Indian cave. This was a HUGE cave that was filled with lava rock and mystery.  It had ab40 ft tall ceiling. After the ranger let us go, we walked through the rest of the Indian cave and climbed out through the end. We then walked awhile longer to find more of the caves.  We walked by the boy scout cave and then went to beauty cave.  This was a huge cave and extremely dark.  We only have a puiny little flashlight that did not do much for us as we tried to walk through the cave.  We go about halfway through before we decided that the flashlight was not enough to see.  We were a little bummed but really enjoyed the half of the awesome cave.

We walked back to the car and started our 4 hour drive to Yellowstone.  Looking forward to seeing it and spending the next two days there !! 



  1. Attempt 2 to post a comment...
    Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing! Safe travels the rest of your journey!