Friday, May 6, 2011

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is probably most famous for its geysers, especially Old Faithful, and for its wildlife.  The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful in the geyser basin is open.  That was our destination today.  South of Old Faithful the road is still closed.

Like yesterday, we stopped at most of the pull-outs along the way, including some lengthy stops at the geyser basins.  That 100-mile round trip took over eight hours.  We had a very full day.

The landscape in Geyser Basin seems almost other worldly with steam escaping from the earth’s surface, multicolored pools of boiling water, and large areas nearly devoid of plant life.  We walked along the boardwalks to see everything.

At Midway and Lower Geyser Basins the boardwalks were almost clear of snow; at least enough to make them passible.  Norris Geyser Basin, however, is still pretty snowed in.  We went part way, but had to turn back.

Mud Pot

Old Faithful erupted right on schedule.  We had gray skies today, so it’s hard to see the geyser without some contrasting color behind all that steam.

I’m only giving you a teaser on the photos tonight.  As you can imagine, I took hundreds.  I’ll need several hours to get those organized and ready to post.

Old Faithful

This is it for tonight; trying to save the computer battery.  Thanks for tagging along.

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