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Craters of the Moon

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Craters of the Moon National Monument is in Idaho, but it literally looks like you have just landed on another planet. In fact, we learned by watching the park movie that NASA astronauts actually visited there to train for moon missions in 1969 and later spent time there researching missions to Mars. Is that cool or what?!

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Craters of the Moon

This park is very easy to visit as it’s not large and you could easily visit in a day. There is a 7 mile loop drive through the park with plenty of beautiful places to stop and admire the views. You also have the option to hike and explore some caves.

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Hiking up Inferno Cone

Our first stop was a short hike up the hill to see Inferno Cone.

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The next stop was Spatter Cones and Snow Cones.

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Spatter Cones

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Our favorite was exploring the caves. The first cave we explored was Indian Tunnel. That is an easy cave to explore if you didn’t bring flashlights. There is plenty of natural light in this cave.

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Staircase down into Indian Tunnel

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Indian Tunnel

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Lots of natural light coming into Indian Tunnel

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We went back another evening to explore the dark caves and remembered to bring flashlights.

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Some of these caves had some tight spots to squeeze through!

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Inside one of the caves there was a lot of ice, and somehow we got a good picture of some of it by shining a flashlight on it.

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I’m not gonna lie, it was creepy in those dark caves. The kids loved it and kept wanting to go further into them. I went along with them because I didn’t want them to get lost, but I have to admit I was a little nervous. Sometimes Chris stayed out of the caves just in case someone needed to call for help to come and rescue us. At least that’s his story, and he’s sticking to it. ūüėČ

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Craters of the Moon is such a beautiful and unusual place to see and explore!

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We stayed at Craters of the Moon KOA in Arco, and I’m sorry to say it was one of the worst RV parks we’ve ever stayed at. I wouldn’t recommend it, however ironically we moved from there to one of the best parks we’ve ever stayed at. Stay tuned for that next.

 

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

I am currently blogging at 62 MPH.  Driving days are good days to get caught up on stuff like this.

We visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico yesterday and it was awesome!  We hiked the natural trail down into the cave and hiked all the trails underground and then rode up the elevator.  It was really cool to see stores, a restroom and an elevator underground!  The caves are home to a lot of bats, but unfortunately we were there a week too early for the evening show of bat flights out of the cave that I heard was really cool to watch.

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Entrance to the cave:

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It’s hard to get good pictures in a cave, but a few of them came out okay.

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Doing some roadschooling, learning about stalactites and stalagmites:

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Jake and Jesse earning their Junior Ranger badges:

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One of the best parts about our visit was we got to enjoy it with another Fulltime Family (FtF), the Reyes Family. ¬†We love when we get to spend time with other FtFs. ¬†FtF has a traveling mascot named Rambler. ¬†Rambler travels around with a family, going on adventures around the country ¬†until that family meets up with another FtF and passes him off. ¬†So now we are the honored caretakers of Rambler for a little while. ¬†We’ll take him on our adventures with us until we meet another FtF down the road that would like to take him for a while. ¬†Jake and Jesse are so excited to have him for now.

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We really enjoyed visiting this park and I hope we’ll be able to come back someday and see the bat flight.

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