With all the time we had in the area plus unlimited rental car miles, we decided to break things up a bit and alternate activities. For day 3 we headed west into Idaho to see Craters of the Moon national monument. As always, everything in the west is far apart so most of our time was spent in the car on the 3+ hour trip there and back. Thank goodness 2 lane highways are treated nearly like interstate here.
Plowing on through Teton pass, through Idaho Falls the first interesting thing you come to is Idaho National Labs. The place where nuclear power generation was developed along with the place where the only fatal nuclear meltdown in the US occurred. Fun stuff and I’m not even glowing green. Between Memorial Day amd Labor Day you can visit the first power reactor, ERB-1, but we bypassed for lack of time.
Onward, we stopped in Arco, ID the first town ever powered by nuclear energy. Ate a place called Pickles which was good and noted the numbers painted on the hill, which is done by every senior class at the local high school.
Another 18 miles on and we were at Craters of the Moon. I’ll let the reader wiki it to learn the details but here are some views I found interesting.
And back to the hotel we traveled. Tomorrow more Yellowstone.