ANNIVERSARY TRIP, DAY 9, WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT – THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007

Today John and I toured the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park.  Right away we saw bison.  We pulled in and I took probably ten pictures of the bison as they got closer and closer.  Then I put a car between myself and the bison.  Little did I know that we would see lots of bison and that while people are supposed to keep 75 ft. between them and the bison, no one seemed to have told the bison about staying 75 ft. away.

Obey the rules!
Obey the rules!

We also saw elk.  In fact by the end of the day we were commenting, “People, it’s only elk, keep moving!”

There were so many wonderful geothermal features.  My favorite one was Prismatic Lake.  The steam rises up in all the colors of the rainbow due to the multicolored rock. It’s amazing to think that all this activity is going on under your feet.  It’s like walking on a time bomb.  We also saw many geysers from ones just sending bubbles to the surface of a pond to Old Faithful which shoots up about 180 ft.  By the end of the day these geezers were geysered out.

Blue steam rising from prismatic pool
Blue steam rising from prismatic pool

Geothermal pool
Geothermal pool

Old faithful with a geyser behind him
Old faithful with a geyser behind him

Tomorrow we do the upper loop.Hopefully by the end of tomorrow we won’t be saying, “People, keep moving.  It’s only a bison!” 

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