It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 16, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – The Yellowstone Geyser Basin Neighborhood That is!

As Mr. Rogers would say…. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…   Yesterday was  spent at the laundry getting wash done, and walking West Yellowstone and looking for stuff for the Kids and Grandkids…  We were surprised that a lot of the shops are down on inventory but checking with them we found that they haven’t been ordering in as much and have seen park numbers down over the last few years….   One commented that park numbers were returning but spending is lagging behind, and the last great year was over 5 years ago…    Connie did strike gold and found items for all those she was shopping for…

Today we woke to freezing weather and we had the heater running last night and this a.m…… frost on the windshield but by the time we were ready to leave, it was melted off…  A little cloudy today and you can tell that fall is now in the air… high of about 65*..  Sunrise at close to 7 a.m. and sunset 7:50 p.m. or close to that…

Today found us spending most of the time walking the geysers, mud pots, and other pools.  As you know water boils at 212* at sea level but here at 6500 ft it boils between 195 and 200 based on the chart I looked up that was hard to read..   smiles here…

There are a lot of thermal pools that the water boils all the time.  Those pools have the clearest blue tint and you can easily see down 25 ft or so…  as the water runs off different types of Algae grow in different temperatures of water….   The colors are vivid it’s like looking at tropical fish in a tank, greens, blues, orange, red, almost a black and I’m sure there is some I’ve missed…    So as you look at some of the photos today, you’ll see a variety of colors under the water and that’s the Algae growing in that specific temperature of water…

A visit to Yellowstone is not a real visit without sitting on the bench and watching Old Faithful erupt…  it used to be about an hour between eruptions and would launch it’s stream of water to within a minute each time…. Today, after the earthquake I think in the 70’s its now about 1 hour and 20 minutes plus or minus 10…  For those of you that might not understand, cold water flowing into an underground cavity and if you can imagine a balloon with the end up…  the water flows into that cavity and is heated by the temperature of the earth around it… first it boils and as the cavity fills it will stop boiling because of the pressure on the water…. After all it’s a big ball of water…  at some point all the water will try and boil, it can’t escape the vent fast enough and as it flashes to steam it forces the water out of the vent and thus the plume of water and steam…   once it done the process starts over…  slowly ground water trickles back into the cavity…

Because of the heated water flowing into the Madison and Yellowstone rivers they are bed of wild life the year around and grow some exceptional fish.. the heated water supports plant growth, bug growth the year around so the fish really don’t go dormant… They grow exceptionally well and are a great catch…  the key here is that while the waters are in the park its catch and release, and fly fishing only..  and for times in the summer when the water temperature rises to 75* or higher, fishing is suspended so there isn’t so much pressure on the fish….  I’m guessing that most of the large fish have been caught many times, and their hard to keep on the hook with the requirement of barbless hooks….   So to get a fly out of your assortment and catch fish is a real treat here…  A good fly fisherman will have a fly in his assortment to match any bug that’s on the hatch… you walk the waters edge, and look at the bugs in the bushes and pick a fly to match the bugs… as you cast up river you allow your fly to drift down across the pools of slower water where the big guys are waiting for those bugs to drift by… and they’ll come to the surface and grab it...


So today we watched 6-8 fisherman along a section of the Madison, the fish were jumping an I’d guess at any given time I could see 5-9 fish out of the water…  guessing between 8" – 13” long..  and yet none of the guys had the right fly to get the fish….   The fish get very picky about only eating the bugs that are on the current hatch, so if you don’t send the right fly down that looks like the bug… those old guys won’t come out and go for your fly…

Today also brought us an opportunity to see an adult female coyote about 200 ft from the truck working the field for rodents..  she was very healthy, well filled out with a great coat and nice black spot on its tail.  I guess we watched for 20-30 minutes, long enough for me to get out the tripod and spotting scope and look her over really well…  We’ve got a great 20-60 power Swarovski and I enjoy watching….  
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