January 23rd, 2015 – Yellowstone National Park – WY

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.

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4 thoughts on “January 23rd, 2015 – Yellowstone National Park – WY

  1. Larry Marchant

    Sounds like you guys are have A really good time!! Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the trip and stay warm! Larry & Sharon

  2. Joy oakley

    Hey guys!!! Buddy said you could come to Laurens where it is a whole lot warmer and take pictures with the bison behind his wood shop!!!!! Won’t guarantee the rest of the scenery would be any where close to what you sent. Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

  3. Great Pictures … one of these days we hope wait to follow in your footsteps.

  4. Judy

    I am loving your ‘history lessons’ (descriptions etc.) especially about the rivers still flowing which makes sense – wish I could remember it all. So this is where Don and I were when we were there – the lower basin. I can’t imagine being out there on a night tour …. Did everyone take flashlights or how did you see? I would be afraid of stepping off into one of those things even though I remember they had them ‘fenced’ off :(. The lakes being frozen over brings back memories of my sister and brother ice skating on the frozen ponds when they lived in Boston. I still have the movies! The last paragraph was very interesting – we witnessed some of that as well from the coach. Waited a long time for them to finish the ‘show’ before we could move on.

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