Borrego Springs, CA

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Holy Geysers, Batman!

It was overcast when we awoke this morning, but it wasn’t raining, so we decided to make another trip to Yellowstone, and hope for the best.  Yesterday, we saw quite a few geysers (including Old Faithful) and we saw many more today.
IMG_8759 The first stop was the Artist’s Paint Pots.

It was quite a hike up to the top, at this altitude, to get this view.  It was worth it, though.  :)  It was supposed to be a 1/3 mile hike, but both Pam and I agreed that it had to be much longer than that!

The eleven mile stretch of road between Madison and Norris was under construction, but we lucked out and weren't delayed for very long. 


The next stop was the Norris Geyser Basin.  Once again, the hike down and up was taxing.  It is astounding to me that so many of the visitors to our National Parks are from foreign countries.  And it won’t be long before it seems like most of the RVs on the road will be inexperienced rentals.  It happens every summer in the West part of the country.

Our original plan was to only go as far as Norris today, but the construction eliminated several of the spots we were going to tour today.  So, we continued on north.
IMG_8770There were several “buffalo jams” along the route, but we finally made it to Mammoth Hot Springs.
What a selection of geysers we have seen in the last two days.  Rain is forecast for the next six days…yuck!  We will probably take a day off from Yellowstone tomorrow to catch up on laundry and such, but who knows.

Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later,  Judy

P.S.  Mrs. J asked about all the felled trees in some of my pictures yesterday.  Most are the result of the great fires in the park in 1988.  As it turns out, that is the last time I visited Yellowstone, and it was during all of those massive fires.  It has been great to return, without the fire and smoke, and see how much the forests have renewed themselves.  :)


  1. Yellowstone is absolutely amazing. Your pics were awesome today. Hope you continue to enjoy this wonderful journey. Have fun!

  2. I remember the large Mammoth Hot Springs as being a very impressive spot too. I think that is where all the buildings are for the Park staff. Somewhere in the Park is a big waterfall & they refer to it's canyon as the Grand Canyon of the north.

  3. Keep the pictures coming, what a great tour, we are getting, Hope Emma, is doing well, Rigg's is making longful looks out to the camper now and follows me when I go near it. Doesn't take much for a dog to remember something he likes. Be safe out there Sam & Donna.

  4. Judy, you covered a lot of Yellowstone!! Looks like it was a beautiful sunny day! May you get more of them!
    Last Sept. the road construction closed to all travel between Madison and Norris, so it was a very long way to get to Mammoth Hot Springs!

    I'm with you, it looks longer than a 1/3 of a mile walk to get a vista of the geyser basin! :)


  5. Are you in a private RV park outside of Yellowstone because of the size of your new rig? Are you going to be doing any volunteer work there?

  6. Ohhh that looks just wonderful! Glad you are getting out and the weather is cooperating. And the buffaloes too....

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard