Joe T. Fallini BLM CG
Before we make the hour drive from the campground to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, we made a planned stop at Arco as we drove through. There is a submarine memorial we wanted to visit.
USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) was a nuclear-powered submarine and was sometimes called "The Devil Boat" or the "Devilfish" because of her hull number (666). There is reference to a chapter 13 in the Bible which begins "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea...."
The tiny building above is the museum. It is packed with artifacts, pictures and history.
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A waste shipment container. Bonus, there was a geocache hidden behind it.
Behind the exhibit you can't miss what first appears as graffiti up in the hills. It is a tradition in Arco called the “Number Hill”. For decades, the high school senior class has been decorating the nearest mountain with the last two digits of their graduation year.
If you look closely you can see the numbers painted on the mountainside.
Steve and I have been to Craters of the Moon a couple of times over the years, but my brother has not been back since we were kids and his wife had never visited. It's a very interesting place and worth a visit if you've never been.
1805: Lewis and Clark cross northern Idaho enroute to the Pacific Ocean.
1862: Tim Goodale leads 1,095 emigrants and 338 wagons across a cutoff of the Oregon Trail that came to bear his name.
1924: President Calvin Coolidge signs a proclamation creating Craters of the Moon National Monument.
1927: Waterholes that supplied water to the monument dried up following a series of earthquakes and water had to be hauled in for four years.
1969: NASA astronauts Alan Shepherd, Edgar Mitchell, Eugene Cernan, and Joe Engle explore the monument while training to visit the moon.
196:3 Mt. Borah earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 felt at the monument but does little damage.
The famous lave hill you can climb for fantastic views.
There is a long walking path that will take you to several ice caves you can walk into.
The colors and patterns to the lava were beautiful. Some sharp as razors, others smooth.
It was a very busy day and we enjoyed our visit.
On the way back we admired the purple blooms in the fields as well.
We wrapped up the day with some play time in the lake with Hurley. Always a great way to end a day!