… on a road trip. Carson has finally gotten old enough to be relief driver, although it can get hairy when he stands up in the front seat.
Our first stop was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Not only did we have a super dinner at Sweetwater Restaurant (which I just reviewed on TripAdvisor), but we discovered a coffee and pastry shop, Dolce, noted for its homemade donuts: a must-visit. I wish it had been the right time of day to indulge in one of my all time favorite comfort foods, grilled cheese, another of their specialties.
We thought it best to move on, so left The Cowboy State for Idaho to explore Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (also reviewed on TripAdvisor). The visitor center had an informative exhibit about the volcanic eruptions that occurred to form the lava landscape. Rather than hike it all, we took the seven-mile drive in the park, stopping to explore only the “Spatter Cones” area.
The signpost above displayed what had happened 2,000 years ago to form the spatter cones, and the picture below tells the story of its appearance in 2012. I’m the little speck just right of top center.
It was time to leave, so we pointed our car in the direction of Idaho Falls. Not long after, I marveled at the fiery resemblance between the nighttime sky and Idaho two millennia ago.