Day 15-18 Yellowstone National Park PART I   1 comment

Our drive to Yellowstone National Park was a beautiful experience.

Once we entered Yellowstone National Park, we were greeted by a buffalo who decided that he had control of the street.

He swerved to the left and then back to the right, taking up whichever lane he wanted. It was almost comical watching as the cars dodged him. We later found that every one of our guests encountered this buffalo wandering aimlessly up the road…. We’re wondering if the park has trained him to draw in the tourists.

As we stopped at a view area, another lonely buffalo was across the street. A few of us stood there bravely taking pictures, wondering what we would do if he decided to charge.

As we approached the mud volcano area, we noticed that the buffalo were not in that area as they were last year (when they trapped us on the walkway) but across the road in the field near the stream.

There were hundreds of them. Just before we arrived at our RV Park on the other side of the park, a deer ran out in front of us (thank goodness he was fast) and the second one started to follow, but seemed to look up & see that he would hit the side of or RV and decided to skid to a halt. As I saw the dirt fly up everywhere from his hooves, I started to breathe again.

After our IMAX experience, great movie about Yellowstone, we visited the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

Before we all went on our separate ways into Yellowstone Park, we shared in a potluck dinner.

Looks like Don is really enjoying himself.

One great thing about driving through Yellowstone National Park is the wildlife that you experience. Elk, buffalo, deer,

And the buffalo are NOT afraid of you. This one was pretty scary as he approached our vehicle. This is the closest picture I got before I stuck my head back in the window & rolled it up!

The other cool thing that you see in the Park is all the steaming hot vents.

Old Faithful being the most popular, not because it is more fabulous than any other, but because of its regularity. The photo below to the left is waiting to Old Faithful to go off, which is approximately every 90 minutes, and to the right is Old Faithful in full force.

Fountain Paint Pots is a vat of bubbling mud containing the perfect mix of ingredients to create mudpots: heat, gases, water, volcanic rock, minerals, acid, and even living microorganisms.

A short video of a bubbling hot spring can be found at:

At the “Surprise Pool,” we measured 220 degrees with our infrared thermometer. They say more people are killed at Yellowstone from falling in the hot springs and not by the animals.

White Dome Geyser’s beautifully shaped cone is many centuries old, and growing with each eruption. For hundreds of years, thermal water has been building the cone that you see today-one of the largest in Yellowstone.

Splashing and spraying during each eruption, thermal water is still building White Dome. After traveling underground through silica rich volcanic rhyolite, the water deposits silica as it splashes over the cone, forming spiny, bulbous masses of geyserites. More and more bumps form on this gnarly, ancient cone as White Dome grows older and more massive.

Inside this immense cone is a narrow vent. Each time thermal water bursts through this small passageway, silica is deposited on its walls. Very gradually White Dome’s vent is growing narrower.

Fountain geysers/Cone geysers

Fountain geysers erupt through a large vent with a wide opening that can look like a hot spring. Water bursts in many directions. Cone geysers erupt in a narrow jet of water through a slim vent, usually form a cone-shaped formation.

Every steam vent area looks different with their different shapes and colors, as well as the beautiful hills surrounding this geological wonder.

Midway Geyser Basin. In the 1880s Excelsior Geyser erupted in bursts 50 to 300 feet high. The thermal violence formed the jagged crater and apparently ruptured the geyser’s underground system, causing eruptions to cease after 1890.

On September 14, 1985, Excelsior roared back to life with forty-seven hours of major eruptions. It is impossible to predict when this dormant but powerful geyser’s next eruption will occur.


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