The stop for 2 nights in Arco was a rewarding one,
We stopped at https://honeyspark.weebly.com/ a property that belongs to Scar Honig that lives in a trailer on the property with his dog, Scar allows free dry camping and his only rule is “don't be a jerk”, he is easy going and a great guy.
" Just get settled wherever you want “ he said as we drove in and after settling down we invited Scar for dinner and got the meal on a table next to his camper.
As we started to eat another couple came over and we shared the food with everyone.
The weather was good, my wife's food was delicious, the drinks were tasty and so was the company, shortly we had stories , laughs and a very good time.
Sometimes things that were not planned turn out better that planed ….
On the next day we headed to Creaters of the Moon National Monument
Craters of the Moon formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km.).The smaller Wapi and Kings Bowl lava fields also formed along the Great Rift during the most recent eruptive period (approximately 2000 years ago).
Over the past 30 million years, this region has experienced extensive stretching. A recent example of these on-going forces was the 1983 Mount Borah earthquake. During that event the highest point in Idaho, Mount Borah, got a bit higher when a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred across the base of the Lost River Range. Mount Borah rose about 1 foot (.3 m) and the Lost River Valley in that vicinity dropped about 8 feet (2.4 m.) . On the Eastern Snake River Plain, rather than producing mountain ranges, these tensional forces have triggered volcanic activity. The stretching of the crust releases pressure on the hot rocks below causing them to melt. The magma can then travel to the surface along planes of weakness like the Great Rift. As long as these forces continue to act, more eruptions will eventually occur. The time between eruptive periods in the Craters of the Moon Lava Field averages 2,000 years and it has been more than 2,000 years since the last eruption.
After watching a movie in the Visitor center and paying $20 entry fee we took a 7 mile loop drive stopping at all the seven stops to hike and explore caves,tunnel and vistas, a very special and unique place not to miss.
The biggest surprise was to find a bridge of a submarine Hawkbill 666 and a small but very nice museum in the middle of a desert in Arco.
He Museum was closed but as an ex submariner I just could not let it go ,looking around I found a telephone number of Harvey a Submariner Veteran that was very kind to meet me and open the museum for me.
In short the reason for moving the bridge of Hawkbill 666 to Arco in the fact that the first nuclear reactor was built in Acro and later used in the submarines to allow them to be under water for a longer period and therefor undetected.
A great place with a lot of history and memories,
Thank you Harvey.