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Yellowstone, The Falls

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We came upon a sudden gathering crammed at the side of the roadway. It was impossible to say what was going on, cars jammed in crannies, hundreds of people huddled over scopes, cameras pointing and binoculars swapping. It couldn’t have been a class, too scatted. Quick across the road, way back in the clearing…. a grizzly! Happily minding it’s own affairs. I felt grateful she had no idea the mob way yonder was on her account.

I’d seen a a few grizzly bears much closer in Alaska raiding the trash bins. At least the dogs didn’t notice, if they thought a black bear was scary…..

The sun was lowering as we arrived at the spectacular canyons and rivers. I was lucky enough to see the sunset and the crescent moon at Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone over the Lower Falls, you have to see it. . . . too tired tonight to tell you why…. you’ll know.

I don’t have the camera or the lenses for such a scene but I took a shot anyway.

Artist Point at the end of sunset

If you haven’t been there, go! It’s open every day of the year. Snow plowed from the North Entrance at Gardiner MT for you winter travelers.

Hot furry greats the cold river

Orange, red, green . . . bacteria, chlorophyll, sunlight

Excelsior Geyser in brilliant blue.
The largest geyser in the world, now dormant.

Bob crossing the boardwalk

Grand Prismatic Spring. . 370 feet in diameter and over 121 feet deep.

Boiling! This stuff ought to do just fine for a sci-fi thriller.

Cold water meets hot brine.
Runs hot and cold.

Mi tse a-da-zi, Yellow Rock River

Yellowstone, the first National Park is primeval and awesome.  I only spent one day there….  I wish, I wish,  I wish  (that’s a triple wish!) that things had been different and I’d had more time. . . time to stare in wonder. I left with a zillion questions, how hot is Yellowstone? What is the earthquake activity? What would our planet be like if Yellowstone hadn’t happened? Is Yellowstone warming faster than other areas of the planet? And if so what does this mean to the climate balance? What are the microorganisms that grow in the hotter than boiling hot springs? What do the bacteria look like under the scope? Why are there so many forms of life here, such diversity in wildlife?  Did life begin here? ….  I could go on, Yellowstone inspires one to think, to contemplate, to want to study. . . at least it does for me.

I was treated to a tour, Bob drove so I could hang my head out the window, and he graciously held onto the dogs so I could wander in-and-out of the buildings and observation trails. It was a great day, one I will remember for a long time. And yes I saw Old Faithful do it’s thing, I saw it twice! Bob also took me to West Yellowstone Montana, a small town I greatly enjoyed where we met a friend of his, a  vigorous 70 yr old fisherman who intends to head to Panama and find a woman and I suppose, do more fishing. Myself I’d like to see more of Montana and more of Wyoming….  some day.

A few shots of Yellowstone

Erupting every 35 min to 2 hours or so from 90 to 184 feet… for how long… two million years? longer? The Yellowstone hotspot has been active for 17 million years.

How many folks are here! The crowd in the middle of the week at the end of Sept.

Can you imagine how many photographs and videos are taken in a (tourist visiting) day?

Looks like a painting

…. It’s getting close to midnight.. more photos of Yellowstone soon, but now it’s time for rest.