Headed West – Again – Day 9

12 Sep

I do not recall ever seeing a mudpot, fumarole, geyser or any other hydrothermal features before we came to Yellowstone. If it gurgles, bubbles, spits or spouts, I’ve seen it now. (Come to think of it, these things sound a lot like Clara.) We did have to miss the Norris Geyser Basin because of crowds and rain, but we saw most of the other major spots. We even walked to the top of the Mammoth Hot Springs.

Dragon's Mouth

Dragon’s Mouth

Artists' Paint Pots

Artists’ Paint Pots

Artist's Paint Pots

Artist’s Paint Pots

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

We saw more buffalo and elk today but no wolves, bears or moose. We did, however, see some new birds. Two of them were large and quite a distance away. Here’s a picture, but even Ranger Jastram probably can’t get these. Here are some more birds.
Large gray birds

Large gray birds

Everywhere we went, we took the same pictures as everyone else.
Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Frequently, we had to wait our turn at the more popular spots, but tonight we went to Wraith Falls and had it to ourselves.IMG_1124
Tomorrow we will drive out of Yellowstone through Lamar Valley — our last hope to see a moose or a wolf or a bear. Then we will drive the Beartooth Highway. Charles Kuralt called this road the most beautiful in America. Will let you know.


3 Responses to “Headed West – Again – Day 9”

  1. Craig September 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I looked at the Beartooth Highway at street level on Google Maps and you couldn’t pay me enough to drive it. Too many high drop offs. As far as being the “most beautiful”, well I don’t know about that. Most of it looked like a moonscape. A sign said it was in the Shoshone National Forrest, but I didn’t see a single tree anywhere. Anyway, enjoy the trip.

  2. Kathryn Sproull September 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m so spooked by heights that I don’t much like driving over bridges or going up elevators, for that matter, but I loved driving over the Beartooth Highway. Of course, it helped that I wasn’t the one driving, but it was pretty spectacular. Fortunately, the road is nice and wide so that you aren’t edging close to the drop-offs, and going away from Yellowstone, a lot of the time, they’re on the other side of the road.

  3. Laurie September 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    The Kerseys are weighing in on the “bird of the day” pictures —
    Day 3 — Clark’s nutcracker — did you notice you had taken a picture of a banded bird?
    Day 4 — ring-billed gull
    Day 6 — osprey
    Day 8 — great horned owl
    Day 9 — sandhill cranes, feeding in a field; osprey; bald eagle; Townsend’s solitaire

    How did we do?

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