“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
It was the first day of October and we were more than excited about our opportunity to visit Yellowstone. After a super day in Grand Teton National Park, our plan was to spend today traveling the south loop which would include Old Faithful. We were blessed with a beautiful autumn day with temps in the mid-sixties. Yellowstone, with all the geothermal activity, geysers, hot springs, alpine rivers, dramatic canyons, and abundant wildlife is one of the most unique places in the world. We understand there are approximately 1,000 geysers on the planet and half of those are found within the caldera boundary in Yellowstone. We should all be thankful for those who came before us, recognized what a treasure they had found, and had the vision and desire to preserve it! Yellowstone became the world’s first National Park in 1872.
Old Faithful was giving us a tease. It was almost time for the predicted eruption window (+/- 10 minutes) when a ranger came by and said they were off on the time by about an hour. We joked that even Old Faithful was getting too old to be faithful. There is plenty to see while waiting. No boredom here!
Black Sand Basin contains a variety of geothermal features within a small geographical area. Although crowds were not a problem on this October day, we still found this spot less crowded than other places and it offered so much to see.
The Emerald pool was a breathtaking site because of all the colors. The color variations are a result of the water temperature and the cooling that occurs as you near the edges of the pool. The bacteria and organisms that survive and thrive at different temps bring tremendous color to many areas in Yellowstone.
It is clear why this is referred to as “bobby socks”. These lodgepole pines have soaked up the minerals around their bases and when the moisture evaporates they are left with their white socks . Remembering all the scientific details of what is going on in Yellowstone is impossible, but this area at the Fountain Paint Pots was intriguing and that is an understatement!
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