Day 11 – Geyser Gazing in Yellowstone

We’ve seen some interesting and fascinating places in recent years but today has been one of the most captivating experiences ever. We’ve spent the whole day exploring Yellowstone’s geothermal features and ‘Geysers’. Although we researched this area before we came the reality exceeded our expectations by a long way. We are not going to spend lots of time on words in today’s blog, but instead just show you some of our photos – they speak for themselves. But to give you a feel for what you are looking at you need to know that these geothermal features are created by water seeping into the earth, being heated by magma beneath the earth, creating increasing pressure and heat and becoming steam, before being ejected through holes or cracks in the ground. Over many years the sulphur (and other elements) deposit on the ground, building up layer upon layer to form weird and wonderful shapes on the landscape. The heat and rich chemical make-up provides an ideal environment for microscopic algae to form, producing amazing colours in the water and around the edges of the geysers. There are many, many geysers and geothermal pools to visit on foot, via an excellent network of boardwalks, allowing access to areas that would otherwise be unreachable. One other thing  – some of the main geysers are so regular in their eruptions that they can be timed to within a few minutes or sometimes a few hours, while others have not erupted for years. We sat and waited for a few of these and they were, for the most part, right on time. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we have enjoyed taking them.

On the way home we stopped to look at this Bison, which came within 20 feet of our car – all on its own, feeding and ignoring everyone who stopped to look:

We ended the day with Chicken and Rib Eye steak on the balcony grill, while watching the sun set:

One of our best days yet.

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