Crater’s of the Moon adventure

Jordan and I were driving back from Bringham City Peach Days when he looked over at me smiled and asked what we should do for Sunday.  I was hesitant to mention that I would really love to drive up to Idaho to Craters of the Moon.  “Its only a two hour drive from here” I said when I finally came out with it.   He started thinking, hmm “should we go tonight?” 
So I hurried up packed myself and Charles, and Jordan got the van situated for all of us for the last minute trip.  We made dinner that I could hardly eat due to the excitement of the trip and then we set out on the road.  We drove Saturday evening chasing the night sky, leaving behind the city and inching ourselves ever closer to the excitement of the short adventure we were on. 

The drive from Ogden, Utah to the National Monuememt was really 3 and a half hours. Still nothing compared to getting out and exploring the great outdoors.  We drove up to the park closed for the night, we drove around close to the entrance parking for the night at the entrance gate.  The campsite was closed for renovastions. 

We got out, walked around to stretch out and gaze up at the stars that we forget about when we are closed off due to all of the light pollution from the city.  The moonlight made a dramatic affect against the backdrop of the landscape we could barely sctech out along with the solitude, quietness of utter space. 

Around 2 am I had gotten up to let Charles out. The moon had set and all around all you could see were stars. The milky way popped with light and color against the night sky and I was reminded of the aw-ha moment I had sitting in geography class and a night I had down in Moad a few years ago.  

The only thing holding us all is gravity. We are spinning in this controlled choas. We are orbiting around the sun along with the planets in our solar system, our sun is spinning letting out heat and light. Our solar system then orbits our galaxy along with the other systems and our galaxy is orbiting along space.  And there lies the great mystery and yet it all explains how our earth functions. It all plays a part in our tides, our weather, climates our landscapes and how we as humans, animals live here on our planet.  We are living, operating our day to day lives. 

We are on this great adventure together, not really knowing where we are going, why we are cosmically here. We do our best to understand, to discover and to explore.  
So I try to do my part by exploring to hopefully try to understand, to see the beauty…to fall in love with nature. 

Saturday Morning we woke to a new perspective of our surrounding landscape.  Crater’s of the Moon gives you two eerily sesations . 1 that perhaps you are on some desolitue planet left abandoned. 2 that an apocalyptic event has occurred and you are all alone. 
In one day of exploring we got to understand the landscape better, learn and to hike. We explored lava rock fields, fossilized trees, cinder cones and caves.   The last lava flow was around 2000 years ago, the Shoshone tribe used the area for gathering, migrating and shelter, and the area was a cutoff for the Oregon Trail. 

We got to see everything except for the wilderness trail.  We neither had the time nor proper prep for the trail. 

You can explore everything withing in a day, everything is close and trails are easily accesable. Most trails are paved and are no longer than a mile to hike. There are some steep areas climbing the cinder cones but the hike is well worth it for the views. 

What you will need for day: 

  1. Permit for caves ( received at visitor center) 
  2. Hiking/walking shoes 
  3. Water
  4. Hat
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Headlamp/flashlight
  7. Snacks 

With love, 

Jess

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