Craters of the Moon National Monument is out of this world. Actually, it is in the high desert of south-central Idaho. It contains, among other things, a huge rift zone and lots of black lava. The surface of this ancient dried lava can be 150 degrees F when the air is 100 degrees; the hottest recorded temp was 178.
Randy visited here 28 years ago, not in July. Summer is not the best time for hiking around here! It was hot when we arrived at the Visitor
Center, and we enjoyed cooling off in the air-conditioned theater while
watching the 2 short movies about the Monument and its history. Then we headed off for
our first stop - the picnic table at Devil's Orchard for lunch, then
the hike through this interesting terrain.
Below - giant Bret measures Reed & Randy in the distance.
Later we joined Ranger Holly and other visitors on the Cave Hike, in which we climbed down into "Indian Tunnel Cave." During that hike, the wind picked up and beautiful clouds came over us, providing a comforting block from the sun and making the air much more agreeable.