Well, it seemed like we were on another planet. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is appropriately named, that’s for sure! The park consists of unusual terrain that features a very nice campground, volcanic cinder cones, lava tubes, 500+ caves, great ranger led hikes, examples of lava types and on-going science research. That’s me popping up out of a lava tube.
After our visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, we thought Craters of the Moon might be a let down, but it wasn’t!
The Grand Teton National Park has a striking landscape with its magnificent mountain peaks rising from the sage valley. That mountain range is beautiful anytime of the day, regardless if the weather is sunny or cloudy. The Grand Teton National Park was established on February 26, 1929 and Grand Teton is the tallest mountain in the range.
The day after our eclipse trip to Rigby, Idaho ended, the four of us (Phil, Carol, Jim and I) departed for Yellowstone National Park. We stayed there six nights, giving us five full days to sightsee. Though it had been 10 years since Jim and I were last in Yellowstone with Felicia, it looked the same except that there were a ton more visitors. It was good to be back since Yellowstone is a unique place with all of its plentiful wildlife and geothermal attractions.
If you didn’t get to see the total eclipse on August 21st you really missed out! A couple of us towed our Airstreams from Southern California to Rigby, Idaho (almost on the centerline of totality) to see it and the eclipse was amazing! We’d mapped out the trip and made reservations starting in November of 2016. That was almost too late as a lot of places were already sold out or had jacked up the prices to an almost unreasonable amount.
We stayed at the Aspen Grove Inn at Heise Bridge in Rigby, Idaho and it couldn’t have been much better. The new owners, Sharon and Steve Parry, did all they could to make sure everyone had a great time and I’m sure everyone did!
If you could choose between a few days around 100 degrees and a few days in the low 80’s, which would you choose? We chose the low 80’s and enjoyed 3 nights at the Laguna campground located in the Cleveland National Forest. Just in case you don’t know where that is, it’s one hour east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. If you have an Adventure Pass, camping is half-price since it’s a National Forrest campground.