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SE Idaho's Indian Hot Springs, City of Rocks, and Craters of the Moon (Jul 2019)

In what would become nearly a month in the state of Idaho, we left for our first trip as the calendar ticked over to July. On the schedule were two places I'd had on my list for a while - Indian Hot Springs and Idaho's City of Rocks State Park. Both of these turned out to be everything I'd imagined - Indian Hot Springs was rugged and remote, the old bridge across the river impassable*; City of Rocks was as unique a sight as we could see in Idaho, the granite outcroppings rising up out of the valleys and reaching for the sky.

* [update 2019-04] The bridge at Indian Hot Springs was replaced in late 2019/early 2020, so experiencing that little bit of history is no longer possible.

And then, with an extra half day before our next adventure, we called an audible and headed even further east - to Craters of the Moon National Monument. The remnant of volcanos not-so-long-ago, the landscape here is like no other. While it was a bit crowded for our taste, it was still a place worth visiting - if only to walk through the harsh environment and wonder what it would have been like to witness such a dramatic event.

 

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