Saturday, May 2, 2009

Spring Adventure

We took a trip to see the Craters of the Moon. On the way, we noticed a couple of things that didn't seem to match the Arco, ID landscape -a submarine and a torpedo by the side of the road! We had to pull over and check it out. A little old man stopped in his van while we were there and opened up their 'museum' just for us! He wasn't crazy about getting his picture taken, but I wanted to show him off to all of you! Turns out they used to train Navy soldiers in Idaho's deserts, and taught them how to use reactors. They also tested battleship deck guns, airplane engines and nuclear reactors. We were surprised to learn that the submarine, the USS Hawkbill, was one of the famous submarines to break through the ice at the North Pole in 1998!

We then went on to Craters of the Moon. It's an area where there used to be a lot of volcanic activity. It mostly looks dead and old, but when you look at the ground and formations closely, it's amazing how the lava rock is stuck -a lot of it still looks like it's in motion!

There was quite a bit of hiking involved, not like entire mountains or anything, but the hikes up to the tops of hills and craters got pretty steep! And just when we thought we'd reached top, often there was another hill to go over... But the workout was always worth it!

We even went into a cave, which is a big step for Scott's claustrophobic wife! It was fun, and the perfect end to our day in the craters.