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