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August 29, 2008

Yellowstone

Filed under: Roadtrip — Tags: , — Matt Stamplis @ 7:29 am

So after escaping cougars in the Tetons we drove North to Yellowstone for just one day. Yellowstone is a HUGE park and it takes a long ways just to drive through it. The only stop we made was, like many other visitors, at Old Faithful. Old Faithful was fun to watch but the real show was the huge number of nearby geysers and multi-colored pools. In a walk that was little over a mile long, we saw dozens of geysers, many of which were erupting.

I think this was called Sawmill Geyser. It wasn’t a particularly large geyser but it was so close to the walkway that it made me a little nervous. Picture this: boiling water shooting up into the air just 10 feet away from you. Then the wind started blowing towards us; fortunately, by the time the water reaches you, it’s cooled enough so it won’t burn.

The heated pools surrounding the geysers house many different types of bacteria (“extremophiles”) – these bacteria give the pools beautiful colors. Of course, they also make it risky to use the water for drinking or bathing.

The crystals around some of the pools almost make you think there is snow on the ground. But remember, this is the middle of August – it’s 90 degrees and there’s no snow anywhere in Yellowstone! We noticed lots of buffalo tracks and droppings on the ground near the geysers. In the winter, they hang out here because the geysers provide warmth. I wonder if a buffalo ever falls in to one of the pools!

The Morning Glory pool, named after the flower that it supposedly resembles. I say “supposedly” since I did a search for morning glory and they are not the same color as this pool. Nevertheless, the vibrant colors here create one of the most beautiful pools in Yellowstone.

A woman-eating geyser? Here’s another one that we got up close and personal with. The steam feels warm (but not hot!) on your face, and as you breathe you get whiffs of sulfur (tasty!).

Castle Geyser, shortly after an eruption.

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2 Comments »

  1. wow they are really impressive!! this destination has been pushed up on my travel list…

    Comment by Lil — August 29, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

  2. Yeah, definitely one of the coolest National Park we have been to. Too bad we only spent 1 day there. If you go, make sure you get to do some backcountry camping to see wild animals.

    Comment by joannestamplis — August 30, 2008 @ 8:11 am


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