Thursday, July 31, 2008

Weird and scenic landscape

Craters of the Moon is a national park the size of Rhode Island. (750,000 acre). It can be seen from space.

Craig walking up a cinder cone.
At the top of the cinder cone. Can you guess which way the wind is blowing.
Young lava flows with splatter cones.
Splatter cone and miles and miles of lava rock.

We ate in the small town of Arco. It's claim to fame is being the first city to be powered by atomic power. Craig had to try the Atomic burger!

Walking the cinder cone.

Eleven months old

Riley used to stay still for pictures.

He found a sucker!
Crators of the Moon, Idaho

Monday, July 7, 2008

We took Riley to the Splash park a couple of weekends ago. He loves the bath so I thought he would love the park. He crawls so much in the bath that I can hardly wash him properly. He liked the park, but there was so many people there, he sat in one place and watched the people.
The last weekend in June we took a short road trip and saw what remains of the Teton Dam. A 305ft earth fill dam that when if failed in June 1976 allowed 240ft of water to flood the towns down stream. Amazingly enough only 14 people died. It was very impressive and humbling to stand at the foot of the dam and know that in the very spot we were standing a major disaster occurred. The area is so peaceful, the river flowing calmly towards the cities and town that 32 years before had wreaked and caused millions of dollars in damage. It was so still but I felt like the energy of the disaster, the people's feelings of fear and hopelessness, were still there. Disasters have always interested me. Despite the hopelessness of the situation people still come together in unity to rebuild lives.
Craig heard a rumor that the Teton Dam was going to be rebuilt. If the rumor is true, I hope we are hundreds of miles a way and they do a better job the second time.