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Yellowstone is huge with so many unique sights (pt 3)

A former student of Lee's, Laura, who now lives in Portland drove over to join us on our Yellowstone hikes; the Morning Glory Pool was one of my favorite spots

A former student of Lee's, Laura, who now lives in Portland drove over to join us on our Yellowstone hikes; the Morning Glory Pool was one of my favorite spots

Gibbon Falls is right next to the Grand Loop Road so easy to see; the 84 ft falls are a barrier to fish migration but trout have been stocked upstream for the many fly fishermen

Gibbon Falls is right next to the Grand Loop Road so easy to see; the 84 ft falls are a barrier to fish migration but trout have been stocked upstream for the many fly fishermen

Bison are the largest land mammals in the US with adult males weighing 2000 lbs ; did you know that the bison is the National Mammal of the United States?

Bison are the largest land mammals in the US with adult males weighing 2000 lbs+; did you know that the bison is the National Mammal of the United States?

The cutthroat fishing in Slough Creek is some of the best in the world but we just saw a few fish; Slough Creek got its name when an 1867 party of gold prospectors ventured into the valley and described its condition as a slough

The cutthroat fishing in Slough Creek is some of the best in the world but we just saw a few fish; Slough Creek got its name when an 1867 party of gold prospectors ventured into the valley and described its condition as a slough

This petrified redwood tree was preserved after a volcanic eruption 50 million years ago buried it; it's hard to imagine a redwood growing in the dry climate here now

This petrified redwood tree was preserved after a volcanic eruption 50 million years ago buried it; it's hard to imagine a redwood growing in the dry climate here now

The bright, vivid colors in Grand Prismatic Spring are the result of microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich water; the amount of color depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature gradient in the runoff

The bright, vivid colors in Grand Prismatic Spring are the result of microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich water; the amount of color depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature gradient in the runoff

Roaring Mountain (8152 ft) was named for the numerous fumaroles on the western slope of the peak which, during the early 1900s, were loud enough to be heard for several miles

Roaring Mountain (8152 ft) was named for the numerous fumaroles on the western slope of the peak which, during the early 1900s, were loud enough to be heard for several miles

Lee is barely visible on this 1936 steel suspension bridge across the Yellowstone River; it was built for horses, cattle and hikers but seems oddly located in the middle of nowhere

Lee is barely visible on this 1936 steel suspension bridge across the Yellowstone River; it was built for horses, cattle and hikers but seems oddly located in the middle of nowhere

Yellowstone's coyotes are among the largest in the United States; adults average about 30 lbs. and some weigh around 40 lbs; we saw one other coyote during our visit

Yellowstone's coyotes are among the largest in the United States; adults average about 30 lbs. and some weigh around 40 lbs; we saw one other coyote during our visit

Imperial Geyser was less than a mile beyond Fairy Falls but most hikers skipped it; I was more impressed with the geyser than the falls

Imperial Geyser was less than a mile beyond Fairy Falls but most hikers skipped it; I was more impressed with the geyser than the falls

This vat of bubbling mud contains the perfect mix of ingredients to create mudpots: heat, gases, water, volcanic rocks, acid, minerals and even living microorganisms

This vat of bubbling mud contains the perfect mix of ingredients to create mudpots: heat, gases, water, volcanic rocks, acid, minerals and even living microorganisms

Thermophiles can survive in very hot temperatures; the colors are a clue to the water temperature; at the hottest temperatures (<dfn title='75°C'>167 °F</dfn>) they are yellow or green; as the temperature drops, they become orange, rust, and even brown colored

Thermophiles can survive in very hot temperatures; the colors are a clue to the water temperature; at the hottest temperatures (167 °F) they are yellow or green; as the temperature drops, they become orange, rust, and even brown colored

Firehole Falls drops 40 ft and creates a swimming hole which was closed due to Covid; the river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it making the water 9 to 18 degrees warmer than nearby rivers

Firehole Falls drops 40 ft and creates a swimming hole which was closed due to Covid; the river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it making the water 9 to 18 degrees warmer than nearby rivers

In June and July purple fringed flowers are common and bloom on the barren ground surrounding the Turquoise Pool; Rudyard Kipling, who visited in 1889, immortalized this basin by referring to it as Hell's Half Acre

In June and July purple fringed flowers are common and bloom on the barren ground surrounding the Turquoise Pool; Rudyard Kipling, who visited in 1889, immortalized this basin by referring to it as Hell's Half Acre

Grand Prismatic Spring is the world's third largest hot spring; the rising steam is colored to reflect that of the spring itself and mostly obscures the visitors

Grand Prismatic Spring is the world's third largest hot spring; the rising steam is colored to reflect that of the spring itself and mostly obscures the visitors

Fairy Falls is a 200 ft waterfall and was an easy hike around the Grand Prismatic Spring; we extended the hike to take in stunning Imperial Geyser

Fairy Falls is a 200 ft waterfall and was an easy hike around the Grand Prismatic Spring; we extended the hike to take in stunning Imperial Geyser

Avoca Spring is a strong spouter with major eruptions up to 25 ft high; recovery after a major eruption usually lasts half an hour, then the next minor eruptions occur at intervals of one minute

Avoca Spring is a strong spouter with major eruptions up to 25 ft high; recovery after a major eruption usually lasts half an hour, then the next minor eruptions occur at intervals of one minute

Sapphire Pool is very deep which produces the amazing blue color; throughout years of eruptions, Sapphire has doubled in size with water that ranges from 200º to 202º

Sapphire Pool is very deep which produces the amazing blue color; throughout years of eruptions, Sapphire has doubled in size with water that ranges from 200º to 202º

This osprey managed to find a fish around the geothermal waters surrounding Old Faithful; the osprey is unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide

This osprey managed to find a fish around the geothermal waters surrounding Old Faithful; the osprey is unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide

A little Yellowstone humor; I had no idea that grizzly and black bear cubs are born while the mother is in hybernation; they venture out together in April or May

A little Yellowstone humor; I had no idea that grizzly and black bear cubs are born while the mother is in hybernation; they venture out together in April or May

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