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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hot springs at Yellowstone
Looking West: The Geyser Field at Yellowstone provides magnificent views close-by in the hot springs and geyser field, as well as across the vast Yellowstone caldera.

 

Yellowstone greeted us today with colorful hot springs, blasting geysers, and vistas beyond the eye’s reach. It is difficult to describe the spectacular features we observed today, but I have developed two primary thoughts that lend credence to one phrase… awe-inspiring. First: What did Native Americans and early explorers think at their first sight of Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring, and the Geyser Field? How would they explain these awe-inspiring features without the knowledge to understand how they formed? Second: Today, we understand the geothermal forces creating this landscape and the realization of the amount of power and energy beneath our feet continues to instill awe and wonder. If you’re making a “bucket list,” be sure to add Yellowstone.

 

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