We spent today exploring parts of Yellowstone. We visited Firehole Falls, Fountain Paint Pot, Firehole Lake Drive and got to see Old Faithful blow twice, and took a very small and very easy hike to Solitary Geyser. The weather today was very chilly – I was actually wearing my winter coat.
Yellowstone is absolute huge! I had no idea that it was this big – you can’t just park at a front parking lot and walk around, you need to drive around if you want to be able to see a lot of things.
The hot springs we visited were really kind of cool, and none of them were exactly the same. You could tell just by looking at them that they were hot. Steam rose from them and they smelled like sulfur. The hots springs reminded me of a scene from C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, where Caspian, Lucy, Eustance, and Edmund come across a pool that turns things you put in it into gold. You can’t go into the hot springs either, but for a different reason – you won’t turn into gold, but you will be scalded! We saw a bubbling
We walked the pathway around Old Faithful and when we reached the beginning again, we saw a Bison standing ridiculously close to the pathway. That was neat. Old Faithful seems to be one of the most crowded areas at the park, and we were able to visit the general store there. Dad bought Ice Cream for us (which was really good), mom bought a shirt and Elie and Ricky got really cool pocket knives. Most of the other “extra” things (like the visitors center, and the swimming area, etc. etc.) in Yellowstone are closed, though. Elie pointed out that when a government center closes everything because of Covid-19 except for what brings them revenue, it may not be a serious as purported. Even though they were only letting are a certain amount of people in the store, it was so crowded there wasn’t much of a chance to social distance.
The pictures don’t do justice to anything we got to see. Yellowstone is gorgeous. God creates such beautiful things.