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Yellowstone Pictures, Batch 1

Gravesite at LakeThe grave at Lake. This is just off the path that leads from the hotel to the Hamilton Store, sort of up the hill from the old gas station. When I asked around about it, the usual explanation was that it was a dog's grave, but no one seemed to really know for sure. The book Death In Yellowstone (one of my favorites) mentions graves with humans in them in the vicinity of the old gas station, with this as a monument. A winterkeeper who died of a heart attack in 1906 is buried under the asphalt of the nearby abandoned gas station, along with a skull thought to be of a drowning victim found in 1907.

Foggy Hayden ValleyA foggy, wet, spring morning in Hayden Valley. Spring seemed especially wet and green that year ('97). Usually Hayden Valley looks a bit drier, with lots of sagebrush and wide open spaces.

Mystic FallsMystic Falls on a summer day. I like Mystic because the hike isn't too long, but long enough to keep 99% of the tourists away, and you get to hike through the geyser basins to get there (I am a geyser person). The ski in winter from the Old Faithful Snowlodge is a good half days exercise for me, and an excuse to check out the whole length of the Upper Basin. Also, the several small hot springs on the canyon walls around the falls give the place an otherworldly feel, especially when the weather is cold and there is lots of steam. 

Mystic Falls (upper)The Upper portion of Mystic Falls. This is what you see if you continue along the trail that loops around to the observation point above the Biscuit Basin. 

Dead TreesDead trees and blue sky along the Mystic Falls overlook trail. There are a lot of fire killed trees in the area. The charred black stuff has mostly weathered away leaving an almost silver wood. It looked really pretty against the blue sky. Yes, the sky was at least this blue. 

Stream at LakeStart of a spring run type stream at Lake. This is near the start of the Elephant Back trail, not more than 100 feet from the trail. There is a big concrete box around the spring with some broken pipes leading out of it and this stream of water pouring out of it. It looks like this was (or is??) the water supply for the Lake area. The area looked very lush, more like the Smokies than Yellowstone. Found two kinds of orchids blooming here on this day. Elephant Back is a nice trail with a spectacular view of the Lake from the top. I knew one employee at Lake who hiked the trail every day. 

Doublet PoolA close-up of the edge of Doublet Pool in the Upper Geyser Basin. Besides being a very pretty hot spring with the fancy scalloped edges, Doublet has the peculiar habit of thumping. Sometimes, not always, if there is no one walking the boardwalk nearby you can hear and feel a thumping noise coming from Doublet. You can also see the water surface bounce up and down. This is from steam bubbles expanding and then collapsing below the surface.

Icehouse?I am not exactly sure what this old building is. It looks like maybe an old ice house. It sits beside the Lake Hotel, near the kitchens and dining room, toward the hospital.

Jenny Lake/TetonsA view across Jenny Lake in Grand Tetons National Park. Grand Tetons Park is certainly worth a visit while you are in the Yellowstone neighborhood, even if it is only a quick part of a day driving visit. The Teton range has some of the most dramatic jagged mountain scenery in the country. 

Jenny Lake/TetonsCrystal clear water along the shore of Jenny Lake.

Marmots/TetonsMarmots in Grand Teton Park, off a lookout along Signal Mountain Road. Also known as whistle pigs. They look a lot like giant rats, but cute and cuddly. Or maybe dry land beavers. We have them in Yellowstone too. Note: the linked image isn't that much bigger in size than this, so don't be disappointed. See my sister's version of a marmot.

TetonsSome mountain in the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park. I don't know which one it is. I am a Yellowstone person, not a Teton Person.

Yellowstone LakeA sandbar along the shore of Yellowstone Lake, between Lake Village and West Thumb. There are several areas along the lake shore like this where a sand bar forms sort of a dam. They usually seem to be near where a creek empties into the lake, so maybe that has something to do with their formation. I read somewhere that in the old days the park road ran along the top of one of them. On this one there are several large lodgepole pine trees that had fallen over because of unusually high lake levels earlier in the year.

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