“Who’s peekin’ out from under a stairway
Calling a name that’s lighter than air
Who’s bending down to give me a rainbow
Everyone knows it’s Windy”
Today we explored another loop in Yellowstone. Lovely sunny day but verrrrrrry windy. The Yellowstone hat gods will be very happy today. Everywhere we have gone in the park we have seen hats that have blown off heads and landed in areas that are too dangerous for the owners to retrieve them. Lots and lots of hats sacrificed to the hat gods. Talked to a ranger who said they use fireproof boots and long sticks to retrieve and throw away as many of them as they can safely reach. Bet that doesn’t set well with the hat gods! Does the attached picture of the lady hugging her hat to her head give you some idea of how windy is was? When we drove past large cliffs alongside the road the wind would blow dust and pieces of rock onto the truck. It was windy! We passed many picnic areas but ate our picnic lunch inside the truck to prevent the food from blowing away before we could get it to our mouths. We saw several lovely waterfalls and spent quite a bit of time at the Mammoth Hot Springs on boardwalks and climbing up and down stairs built over the huge hydro-thermal area. When we were returning to our truck we found 6-7 elk that had come down off a hill and got some close up pictures. Our last stop was at the Norris Geyser Basin, one of most active earthquake area in the park and home to one of the hottest and most acidic hydrothermal areas in Yellowstone. It sits on the intersection of three major faults. No shaking today.
We have seen lots of animals, mostly bison, but so far there have been no road blocks due to animals crossing the roads.
Not sure what’s on the docket for tomorrow, maybe Jackson Hole, or Quake Lake, or maybe just staying around the homestead. We will make that decision tomorrow.
Will be home soon.