Craters of the Moon National Park? Really? When I think of a national park I think of beauty, changing vistas, beautiful mountains, deserts, landscapes or historic sites. I would travel out of my way to visit Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, etc. But would I travel 80 miles in each direction out of my way from Twin Falls on I-84 or from Blackfoot on I-15 to see a lava field? Heck, no. (Here is a conversation heading to Yellowstone on I-15. “Dear, instead of seeing diverse and beautiful Yellowstone, let’s go out of our way to Arco and see lava fields.” Spouse then rolls eyes.) The 800 residents of the progressive town of Arco think it’s a good idea. So do the surrounding bustling hamlets of Carey and Atomic City. There are only lava fields there; that’s it. You’ve seen one lava field, you’ve seen them all. Just Google it, take the 360 degree panoramic view and say to yourself, “Do I need to see this in person?” The woman in the virtual view seems to be saying, “You took me all the way out here for this?” Wanna see a moonscape? Google Apollo moon landings.
Marty Kopelowitz, Meridian
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