John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Big Southern Butte in the Background

Craters of the Moon Turnout

A Lot of Lava

Scenic Byway

Potatoes

Planting Potatoes

Goodale's Cutoff

Goodale's Cutoff

Goodale's Cutoff

Goodale's Cutoff

Goodale's Cutoff

Goodale's Cutoff

Rocks and Wildflowers

Rocks and Wildflowers


We are on our way to Oregon. On Route 26, we pass Craters of the Moon National Monument again. It is still cool and windy. We only stop at the turnouts. We get a greater appreciation of how large the monument is. We learn that we are following the Goodale Cutoff of the Oregon Trail.

We left the Oregon Trail when we turned north to Casper. The trail dipped south into Utah and then north again to Pocatello, ID. From Pocatello, some pioneers veered off the main trail. They headed north, circling around Craters of the Moon.

Having explored this area, I am not sure why this seemed like a good idea. However, most of the Oregon Trail does not seem like a good idea to me today!

As we leave the Craters of the Moon Monument, the landscape turns greener. We see signs for Sun Valley and other ski areas to the north.

John puts on the brakes. “What’s that?” A yellow-bellied marmot sits on the side of the road looking at us. It does not wait for pictures.

We arrive at Mountain Home. Here we reconnect with the traditional Oregon Trail. We push on to Boise via the Interstate. Boise is only forty minutes away. We pretend the Interstate is a state road. Tomorrow, we leave Idaho.

Campground: Boise KOA

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