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.
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.
Everywhere we went, we took the same pictures as everyone else.
Frequently, we had to wait our turn at the more popular spots, but tonight we went to Wraith Falls and had it to ourselves.
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.