A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.





Saturday, July 22, 2017

Best Souvenir Buy


I really liked this post card and it makes a fine addition to the collection on the walls inside the
Little House on the Highway.

I was concerned about buying some glasses to safely view the eclipse by.  I figured there will be vendors all up and down the eclipse path hawking cheap Made in China viewing glasses and I certainly am not trusting the Chinese in protecting my eyeballs from the sun's glare.
So I was very happy to see these were made in the good old U S of A.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Moldy Trees?


Tree Mold Trail

Okay, when I first read this in the brochure that's what I thought.  Once
there at the trail head I had an "oh I see" moment.  This was a long one
mile hike in.  Yeah, one mile isnt that far but it was mid-day, getting
hot and through a lava field.  But I was glad I went to see the tree molds.

When the lava flowed it passed through a forest of trees.  One tree
remained standing and left a perfect round core in the lava.





A few others fell and left their impressions where you can still see the
distinctive pattern in the bark.  There are probably many more impressions
buried beneath the surface of the lava.




Looks like tire tracks from 2000 years ago.  Hmm...

Craters of the Moon had the most descriptive trail signs I had ever seen.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Snow Cones?!


Snow Cone Trail

No, there were no snow cones in various fruity flavors to be bought at a vendor's booth.

The snow piles up in this deep lava tube and here it is July and it still has not melted away.
 Too bad the D.I.R.T. element left their mark by throwing sticks and stones
down onto the snow and ice.

Another trail branched off where you could look down into the Big Crater.
I wondered if anyone ever tumbled down that slope. 
 Knowing the stupidity of  D.I.R.T. probably so.
I can only hope.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Point Two Mile Up.


Spatter Cones Trail

Yep, it was only a .2 mile walk the side of this large cinder cone but it got my attention.  
Must be the altitude.  Yeah, that's it and also why I forgot to take a photo.

At the top you had a grand view all around.  You were also supposed to see
the line of cones following the rift in the earth's crust that leaked out
all this lava as recent as 2000 years ago.



I was distracted and impressed as to how this one big tree came to be at the top.

And how this looked like it belonged on the ocean beach with all the other driftwood.

They came from Illinois to take in the view.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lichen


Devil's Orchard Trail


One of the walks the signs focused on the lichen growing.  Being that
lichen gets it's nutrients from the atmosphere this is a good barometer of
the air quality.  Well the lichen isn't doing so good of late.  There used
to be a lot more back in the 50's.  As remote as Craters of the Moon is
the air quality is still bad enough to affect the lichen.


A bench, some shade, I'll take that. 
 I sat there thinking sad lichen thoughts.

I continued on my way and this little butterfly made me think of better things.


Then towards the end of the walk I notice where a little bunny left his
mark in the fresh cement soon after it was poured.  
And I was smiling again.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Stop for Breakfast



Devil's Orchard Trail

Gee I look like a grumpy old man.  Honestly I was sitting there thinking
about how fortunate I was to be out here in the peace and quiet of Nature eating my bran flakes.


And I was admiring the pretty little flowers all around me while doing so.



Hot Lava Cat


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Don't Walk on the Lava!


North Crater Flow Trail


They really stress the point on staying on the trails and paths.

I thought it interesting how the lava was different colors.

Later I saw this sign.

Well that's why the different colors.  Here is another example of some
buffoons walking on the lava and breaking it.  You may be able to see how
it was just like a turtle shell and hollow underneath until it broke through.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Craters of the Moon National Monument



This is where we've been.  No cell service there thus why no posts to the blog.
I was here some 30 plus years ago and as it goes, enough time has passed it
seemed like I this was my first time being here.  One of the very few nice
things about growing old I suppose.  You can revisit places and it is all new to you.


There is nothing much to see here but lots of lava and every type, shape
and form.  Lava is lava but it comes in many different form all of which
are given Hawaiian names which I will not try to pass on here.  I like
lava so I enjoyed all the walks and hikes through the various lava fields.

Amazing a tree could grow here.

The story about this now dead tree.

Very smooth lava which I didn't see much of.

Back to the Little House on the Highway.

Even flowering plants call the lava fields their home.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Time to Say Good-bye


to the best campsite yet.

There is a kitty in there asleep.

I'll miss all the pretty flowers that were around camp.




These especially.