Saturday, June 17, 2017

Days 269-270 - Craters of the Moon National Monument

While in Cody we saw a movie about Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.  That, along with a need to avoid another high mountain pass, took us south and into Idaho Falls.  From there we headed west over the high and very flat Snake River basin.  Along the way we visite the EBR-1 site, home to the first breeder reactor.  What an awesome surprise this was.  We spent a couple of hours visiting the nuclear site.

We reached another great KOA camp in the city of Arco and settled in for the night.  The next day we headed to the monument.  Must short of the turn to enter the park, the brakes went completely out in Satan.  We had to downshift and use the parking brake to slow it down.  Ugh.  We carefully got to the parking area of the visitor center and took a deep breath.  Thankfully it was relatively all flat land so we were not to freaked out.  We visited the park for well over three hours, hiking the longest of the trails i the system and at the end of the last hike, got a ride back to the center from a very friendly and accommodating ranger.  The craters and the landscape were awesome and breathtaking.

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