3rd day in Yellowstone

Trip Start May 22, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2010


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Friday, May 28, 2010

Again, I am directing my sisters where to go in Yellowstone.  We stopped at Norris Geyser Basin.  This area has one of Yellowstone's original trailside museums which was built in 1929-1930.  The sinter, a product of highly acidic volcanic silica, can damage glasses and camera lenses.  You have to be careful here with your glass belongings.  The geysers change every year.  Small, short-lived geysers spring up all the time, constantly sputtering water until they seal themselves off with dissolved minerals.  Hot water in these geysers are under pressure and must find new pipelines to the surface.  New spouters are created.

Next stop is Mammoth Hot Springs.  I think my sisters are getting tired of the thermal features I keep insisting to stop at.

We continue on our drive and stop at Undine Falls on Lava Creek.  The staircase drops 50 feet and lands at a rockslide.

After the Tower-Roosevelt Junction, we stop to see the Petrified Tree.  This stump is a remnant of a subtropical forest that grew here 40 to 50 million years ago.  This redwood turned to stone after being smothered in volcanic ash.

Our last stop for today was at Hanging Valley to see Tower Fall.

Wildlife sightings for today - trumpet swan, herds of bison, mule deer, a black bear, a moose, a brown fox.  We have seen so many bison that we now refer to them as "ho hum, another herd of bison."  Just kidding, though.
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