January 18th, 2015 – Yellowstone National Park – WY

We had a big day today.  Two tours.  The first was a early morning (before sunrise) wildlife tour in Lamar Valley.  Our guide said that she hoped for a three dog day – wolf, coyote and fox.  We had a zero dog day.  Well truthfully, we did get to see some wolves in a scope that looked like black dots they were so far away, so as far as we were concerned it was a zero dog day.  We did get to see bighorn sheep, moose and lots of bison though.

In the afternoon we visited the Norris Geyser Basin, and enjoyed hours of mother nature and exercise as we acted as snow plows between thermal features.  The Norris Geyser Basin is so hot and dynamic because it sits on the Norris-Mammoth and the Hebgen Lake faults.  These two faults intersect with the ring fracture zone that resulted from the creation of the Yellowstone Caldera 640,000 years ago.  The Basin consists of three main areas: Porcelain Basin, Back Basin, and One Hundred Springs Plain. Unlike most of other geyser basins in the park, the waters from Norris are acidic rather than alkaline.  The difference in pH allows for a different class of bacterial thermophiles to live at Norris, creating different color patterns in and around the Norris Basin waters.  All of that hot gas and water did not mean that it was warm to walk.  It was very cold, with strong winds and snow.  We were all layered up though (thanks to our shopping spree before we left) so we were warm.

We did get a treat on the way back to the hotel, we saw a wolf that was having dinner on a carcass that was near the geyser basin.  (It was a treat after we calmed Leslie down about the circle of life).  So, we actually had a one dog day by the end of the day.  The wolf is the alpha female of the canyon pack and is 10 years old, which is quite old for a wolf in the wild.

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2 thoughts on “January 18th, 2015 – Yellowstone National Park – WY

  1. Larry Marchant

    Leslie that is a very good looking face mask. Looks like you guys are having a blast!! Larry &sharon

  2. Judy

    It is so interesting to see the steam or gas coming up from the geysers even in the snow and cold temperatures. I love all of the pictures but just don’t think I could take being that near the wolves and animals. Guess both of us are ‘scaredy cats’…. It was exciting seeing them out the windows of our coach when we were there but that is about as close as I want to get. Do you have the same guide every day or does that change. Our guide there was Dev…. wish I could remember all that she taught us!

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