Yellowstone National Park
I can’t believe this was our first visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It has a lot to offer. Geysers, waterfalls, hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles (steam vents), wildlife, and mammoth hot spring terraces are everywhere.
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Old Faithful lives up to its name. We arrived at the visitor center around 5:00 and it was only 10 minutes from erupting. We came back the next day and saw it erupt again. Very cool. It seems like we saw a hundred geysers, they were everywhere.
One of my favorite attractions was the hot springs. The water is incredibly clear and shows hues of many colors. We saw a lot of hot springs, here are just a few. The water is really hot (most over 160 degrees), so you might be tempted to jump into the spa, but that is highly ill advised!
Mudpots are an interesting phenomena. They are acidic features with a limited water supply. Some microorganisms use hydrogen sulfide, which rises from deep within the earth, as an energy source. They help convert the gas to sulfuric acid, which breaks down rock into clay. Various gases escape through the wet clay mud, causing it to bubble.
We encountered a lot of wildlife during our time here. We had buffalo come right up to our car, saw black bears, eagles, coyotes, and elk.
We visited Lower Falls and ended both of our days at Yellowstone around 10 p.m. We got all we could out of the park in our 2 days!