As soon as we entered the park, we were greeted by TONS of bison... Every few miles, people (including us) would pull over to the side to get pictures of these interesting animals. Grace tried to keep track today and we saw over 250 bison. Even so, we didn't get tired of trying to spot them along our journey.
Our first stop was called Madison Junction where Grace received information on how to earn her Yellowstone Junior Ranger badge. Luckily, she'll have 3 days to complete all of the requirements. We got to the station in time to listen to one of the park ranger's presentations about the birds that live in Yellowstone.
From there, we continued on our way to Fountain Paint Pot. This area contains several geysers (hot springs that are constricted and forced through openings in the ground), hot springs (unlike geysers, have no constrictions so often pool), fumaroles (steam vents in the ground), and mudpots (breakdown of rock to clay/mud through heat, acid, micro-ogranisms). Such a unique area!
Favorites of today:
Jason- Fountain Paint Pot
Jane- the 4 of us spending time together
Grace- seeing all of the animals (particularly the coyote we saw on our hike)
Jeremy- seeing the geysers erupt
I’m glad there were so many positives to today because a definite negative was Jeremy's mood today- he was not fun to be with. I’m blaming it on lack of sleep. I hope that he fell asleep right away tonight, unlike last night when he was still playing around at 10pm. We have lots planned for our day tomorrow, so hopefully, he will be back to his usual goofy, easy-going self.