What’s my next big adventure?
Craters of the Moon… Traverse?
Once described as “the strangest 75 square miles on the North American Continent”, I fell in love with the tumultuous volcanic landscape of this forgotten corner of Idaho on my first visit.
Julius Merrill, who explored this area in 1864, described it as “a mass of ‘Black Vomit'”.
Another early explorer, Captain Benjamin Bonneville, said “nothing meets the eye but a desolate and awful waste; where no grass grows nor water runs, and where nothing is to be seen but lava.”
It wasn’t until 1920 that this volcanic mass was finally crossed by foot. It took Robert W. Limbert 17 days to trek across the lava and he must have had a very different experience than his predecessors…
“We saw perhaps one of the most remarkable lava flows in the world. Its color is a deep cobalt blue with generally a high gloss, as if the flow had been given a coat of blue varnish. The surface is netted and veined with small cracks, having the appearance of the scales of some prehistoric reptile.”
I hope to recreate Limbert’s crossing. Or, at least, recapture that feeling of awe he experienced in such a unique place.