Today we had a leisurely morning and started back to Mammoth Hot Springs on another snow coach. We stopped at the Lower Geyser Basin which has all four geothermal features – geysers, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots. This particular area is famous for the Fountain Paint Pots (4th picture). This is actually where we came on the night tour, so it was interesting to see it in the daylight.
We went back a different way than we came down, going through Firehole Canyon, which was beautiful. We did not get much of chance to get out, but we did stop at a waterfall and snap a couple of pictures. Something that was really amazing in the park is that all the rivers were still flowing even though it was so cold. The lakes were frozen over, but the rivers are fed from the hot springs so their temperature is always above freezing. Some of them are even around 100 degrees – good hot tub temperature.
Our trip took longer than planned because we kept running into herds of bison in the road. One particular herd had some males in it and they kept locking horns and fighting right in front of the snow coach. One of them would push the other into the ditch and they would be up to their neck in snow. It took about 15 minutes to get past them. We were not in front so we could not get a picture, but it was cool to watch.