Plein Air Painting Trip Part 9: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Cone at Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID.

Cone at Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID.

After 4 days of cool temperatures, no wind and nights sleeping in the back of the truck in upper 30’s temperatures, we had a change of everything. We drove about 70 miles southeast to Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho. It was over 90° and windy.

Lava tower

Lava tower

Lava tower

Lava tower

We hiked around the lava and cinder cones and checked out the view. We even saw a horse pulled wagon along the road as its part of the Oregon Trail. Someone was reliving the past!

On the Oregon Trail in Idaho by Craters of the Moon National Monument.

On the Oregon Trail in Idaho by Craters of the Moon National Monument.

We checked out the lava tube caves and I sketched an extinct cone and lava fields in the broiling sun and wind. Allen & Tova were under a limber pine at a picnic table enjoying themselves.

Lava craters

Lava craters