Saturday, July 21, 2012

June 29, 2012 Yellowstone Day 3

Today we were able to tour the Old Faithful Area.  Our first stop was the Lower Geyser Basin followed by the Midway Geyser Basin, the Upper Geyser Basin, The Black Sand Basin and finally Old Faithful herself.  At Old Faithful village we had time to burn before the next eruption so we had our picnic lunch and then wandered over to the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  The kids turned in their Ranger books and received their patches.  The visitor center was really neat and kid orientated.  By the time they were done exploring it was time to move outside to witness Old Faithful's eruption.

After that exciting event we drove towards West Thumb where we stopped at the Continental Divide.  The continental divide is the highest point on the continental plate.  It is where the water feeds the Snake and Columbia Rivers to the west and the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to the East.  We completed our tour for the day with stopping and witnessing the huge canyon waterfalls and walking the Mudpots and the Dragon's caldron.  It was an amazing trip with beautiful landscape and amazing features.  Who would have known that Yellowstone has over 10,000 geo-hydrothermal features in its park.  We were all sad to leave.

One of the highlights of the day was T having to have a book called, Who Pooped in the Park?  Let's just say the rest of us felt Russ should write a book called, Where to Poop in the Park.
Old Faithful Area

A Wack-a-doo

Russ, Uncle Dave, Nana, myself, Papa, A and T

Time for some fun on Yellowstone Lake

Dragon's Mouth Spring Canyon Area
Canyon Falls

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