Hooray for [Travel] Tuesday! Okay, so maybe I’m not that excited about Tuesday, but this link-up does make me pretty happy (smile). Today feels like a good day to continue the Yellowstone adventure with a special focus on the National Park’s geothermal features.
As I mentioned in the formal introduction post, Yellowstone National Park boasts over 10,000 geothermal features and 300 geysers. This makes the park home to approximately one half of the world’s active geysers! I was really surprised by this statistic at first, but once you enter the park it begins to make sense. There seems to be geothermal features popping up (sometimes literally) all over the park. There have been quite a few articles lately highlighting just what a pain this can be for park rangers.
Unfortunately, you can’t take a long, leisurely swim in these hot springs, but they are still quite beautiful to look at! The temptation to test out the temperature was just too much for my dad so he stuck a hand in. My brother and I of course followed suit (although for myself a finger was enough) – after all, if dad does it, it has to be okay, right? Ha. Anyway, the one we tested was definitely hot! I can’t imagine what some of the “hotter” ones must feel like. We made stops along the way to see the geyser basins and they also did not disappoint! It’s truly an amazing thing to watch all the eruptions – large and small. I’m pretty sure we just hit the highlights of what the park has to offer, but that was more than enough to convince me a return trip is necessary! (smile)
So I won’t pretend to know everything about geothermal features and/or geysers. I’ll just let this small selection of photos speak for their beauty (and highly recommend a click over to the National Park’s website) (smile).
What geothermal features have you visited??
Come join the fun with Bonnie!! New co-hosts also announced this week!