Sunday, Sept 23, 2012 (Day 8) Viewing geysers at Yellowstone National Park

Above is Sapphire Pool Geyser

Today I focused on viewing geysers.  Yellowstone has about 500 active geysers of all sizes.  I started with the famous “Old Faithful”.  It erupts about every 90 minutes.  I saw geysers of all sizes, depths, colors, some calm, some bubbling, most steaming and they all smell like sulphur.  Thankfully the smell was not as bad as I expected.

Above is Old Faithful

The day was warm and beautiful until about 2:00pm.  Then the sun went away, the wind picked up dramatically and the temperature starting dropping.  All signs pointed to a storm but we only got a few sprinkles and eventually the wind died back down.

Excelsior Geyser Crater

I saw bison and elk today.

It is smoky here but I am enjoying it much more than Grand Teton National Park.  Beautiful rivers, forests and geysers to see.

I cannot imagine what it must be like here in the summer.  The scenic stop parking areas are not that big and many of them are full now at the end of the season.  It must be chaos in the summer.

I cannot believe how some people act.  I have seen people climb down rocky hillsides and stand on the side of highways to take photos.  I also cannot believe that people ride bikes in the park.  The roads are all two lane with very little extra space on the side full of distracted drivers, large RV’s/trailers and many, many rental RV’s probably being driven by people that have never driven one before on twisty roads with very few side rails on steep hills.  Yesterday when I drove in there were literally hundreds of bikers.  Most of them seemed like pretty serious bikers but I also saw regular people including kids riding in traffic.  So dangerous.

2 thoughts on “Sunday, Sept 23, 2012 (Day 8) Viewing geysers at Yellowstone National Park

  1. I’m glad you got to see Old Faithful–it’s quite a sight to see. I agree with you about people doing dumb things–when we were in Canada we saw people, including little kids, trying to feed wild bear cubs. They have no idea what the mother, who was nearby, might have done if she thought her babies were in danger. They must think they’re at Disneyland.

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