Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wait, There’s More

IMG_3661July 20 (cont.) – So, when we last left off, we said farewell to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and continued north. As we drew close to Mammoth Hot Springs we came upon our next wildlife sighting – a herd of female and young elk in a clearing off the side of the road. We got as close as we dared – close enough for the elk to look at us, but far enough so that they didn’t seem to care much.

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After this wilderness adventure, we finally made it to Mammoth Hot Springs. Interesting enough – several levels of pools of water, creating a terrace effect.

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We also stopped at the service area at Mammoth Springs for ice cream, a nice diversion. Mammoth Springs was definitely the nicest tourist area in the park that we had seen to date. And, it was only 2 miles from the Montana border, so a quite side trip was definitely in order. IMG_3676

From there it was down to the Norris Geyser Basin, a large grouping of steaming hot pools which evidently erupt every so often – like every five years or so for the largest of them. Definitely an interesting sight, and a teaser for tomorrow’s trip to Old Faithful.

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IMG_3681IMG_3682It had been a long day, and we were ready for home. Driving back was much quicker – no need to stop for those pesky buffalo or elk sightings. And, unlike literally dozens of photographers, we were not on dusk grizzly bear watch.

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We arrived back just as the nightly campfire was taking shape. Wisely, earlier in the day we had purchased all the makings for s’mores, so that’s what the girls, along with their new friends before heading off to play somewhere in the dark before we all collapsed in bed around midnight.