Idaho: Hikes, Runs, Caves
|Indian Cave Skylight|
I'm traveling with my husband in our RV while keeping up my running habit. The running scenery this week went from blah to wow by the second run of the week.
Today I woke up in Boise, Idaho, and did a 4 mile mall parking lot run because the mall was across the street from the Cabella's where we stayed.
Then we drove to the Stanley, Idaho, area. Stanley is a tiny town with a population of 63 and has a great view of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Today we went on a 3 hour hike at Redfish Lake Trail. The 6500' elevation really slowed me down and I finally talked my husband into turning around. The lake was beautiful.
I ran 6 miles with hills today. My run took me towards Stanley Lake and I was on the lookout for bears the whole run. I ran 8 twenty second hills with a hard effort, but the 6500' elevation made it kind of hard. It was so cold that my fingers never warmed up, but at least my toes did. I made a warm chia pudding afterwards: milk, banana, chia seeds, yogurt and cinnamon.
|Stanley Lake and Sawtooth Mountains|
Thursday Night at the New Place
|Short Hike up the Volcanic Spatter Cone Under a Blue Moon|
I woke up in the Craters of the Moon National Monument campground. This park is otherworldly and so much better than I thought it would be. At 7AM, we were hiking the Broken Loop Trail and climbing into Buffalo Cave and Indian Cave. I almost skipped Indian Cave after reading about how I'd have to climb out of a small exit hole, but I'm glad I didn't. It wasn't so bad. On the way back to camp, my husband dropped me off along the road and I ran back to camp for fun.
|Buffalo Cave: Small and Dark|
|Indian Cave Exit|
We saw a fox and a couple of antelopes at and near the park. They said they have bears there, but not in the section where we stayed.
|Broken Loop Trail|
Today I ran 8 pain-free miles at Craters of the Moon after a sore ankle cut yesterday's run short. The 6000' elevation really slowed me down, but that's okay. I did a couple of miles on the North Crater Lava Loop Trail and the rest on the peaceful road.
We left Craters of the Moon park, but not without a bang. That was the sound of our open awning hitting a street sign in the park. Oops!
|Craters of the Moon Campsite Under an Unbroken Awning|
Now we're staying at an RV park in Palisades, Idaho, very close to Grand Teton Nat'l Park, but I'm not sure where we're heading next. Our wonky awning might change our plans a bit, but that's okay. There are a lot of great places to see in this part of the country.