Because we have furkids (and BJ is a big furkid) we took separate cars. We also packed lunches. It's great to be with friends -- even if you don't ride together!
|Marcella, Landon and BJ|
|Another lone bison bull. |
He is the fifth we've seen -- the first today.
|The driver and the passengers were patient as we posed.|
|BJ wasn't allowed to go down into this area so Landon and Wayne went while Marcella and I waited with the furkids.|
|Marcella, Landon (aka Curtis) and the Wayner.|
This western part of the circle takes us through the Geyser Basins and inside the Caldera Boundary. I've learned more about how the Caldera effect works and it's reminiscent of baking a cake. If the cake rises but is taken from the oven too soon, it will "fall" and leave marks on the surface. Same principle with the Caldera.
Approaching the Geyser region, we saw the first signs of coming attractions:
We stopped at the Lower Geyser Basin's Fountain Paint Pots for these pictures:
|Boiling mud makes a "smacking" sound.|
|I'm holding Lexie pretty close right now.|
We stopped for lunch at a picnic area and found yet another lone bison bull grazing.
|This is Excelsior. It's most recent eruption was in 1985 when she roared back to life for forty-seven hours! |
Impossible to know when it will happen again. I'm outta here.
|These geyser basins are not small areas. They cover large spaces as seen here.|
|Wait! I know these people! |
It's Marcella and Landon. BJ waits patiently in the car ... again.
|Colorful mud and mineral deposits.|
|Okay. We're off again!|
Shopping for souvenirs, we missed one eruption of Old Faithful and shopped another hour until near time for the next one -- they occur every 92 minutes.
|Marcella and Landon have just missed the eruption of Old Faithful (in the background)|
|Landon waiting for Old Faithful (no I not referring to Marcella)|
|We ran upon a very nice ranger, I forgot his name. |
He let Marcella wear his Ranger Hat so she can be a "Junior Ranger" today!
|Pop and Lexie wait while Mom shops.|
|The Old Faithful Lodge|
We stopped at the park sign to snap a photo of ourselves as we left.
|Marcella, Landon, Wayne and me. |
Protection provided by BJ the "wonder beagle" (sitting in front)
The next day, Landon told me he heard on the news that someone had been killed by a bear in the park the day we were there. It happened near where we were.