Day 8, 9 & 10, August 12, 13 & 14, 2016
Yellowstone is such a big park that even with the series of posts I have done, there were still things I wanted to share that didn’t seem to fit somewhere else – so here they are:
The Continental Divide is the line that goes down through the Americas, and separates the river systems that flow into the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The divide runs through Yellowstone National Park, and there are several places where they have signs showing the elevation of the divide at that point.
This Ranger’s car was a Prius with a park scene! He kept showing up wherever we were that day, so we joked that he was following us.
The Old Faithful Inn is huge and hard to photograph, due to all the hordes of people roaming around. Maybe next time I can get there early in the morning or late at night… But I was in awe of this view up into the upper floors. Wow!
Lakes and Rivers:
Not all of the water in Yellowstone is a geothermal feature. There are lakes and rivers that are stunning. Lake Yellowstone is the largest Lake in Yellowstone, and also the largest lake above 7,000 feet in elevation in North America. It is at 7,732 feet in elevation.
Yellowstone is a land of volcanoes. One of the Visitor’s Centers had an amazing exhibit showing the size of the past volcanic eruptions of the Yellowstone volcanoes. Think for a moment about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State on May 18, 1980. I felt it as a child, living a couple hundred miles away. In the photo below, the small red cube in the corner of each of those larger cubes shows the amount of ashfall from Mount St. Helens. The larger cubes are the amount of ashfall from the Yellowstone eruptions. Wow. Mind blown…
I am returning again to Yellowstone soon, so although this is the end of the series from my summer 2016 trip, there will be future Yellowstone posts I’m sure! I hope you enjoyed. Coming up – the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park!