Craters of the Moon
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I-20 in Idaho is a long and empty road with little to look at. Partway through the state, I came upon three large buttes sticking up on the landscape - finally something to break up the flat country! I was on my way to Craters of the Moon National Monument - described by President Calvin Coolidge as "a wierd and scenic landscape peculiar to itself" when he established it as a National Monument in 1924. The astronauts trained here before heading to the moon in 1969 because it was thought this terrain resembled the surface of the moon (they were wrong).
I drove through the park and climbed to the top of North Crater. The view from there is great. The trail is a bit steep, so not too many people were up there.
So back outside, I finished driving through the park and took off. I was going to camp there, but I decided to see how much further I could drive. Off to Oregon!