Day 8: Thursday, August 8, 2002

Fishing Cone (right) lies in Yellowstone Lake, whose water is at 47 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, the temperature of the water in the cone is at boiling. Legend has it that early explorers used to sit on the edge of the cone to fish for their dinner in the Lake. Once they caught their fish, they turned around and stuck the fish in the boiling water in the cone for a quick, cooked dinner.

The water in the pools and springs at Yellowstone reached temperatures that could easily burn us. There were some springs that were so acidic that they could literally dissolve human flesh.

We stayed at Grant Village in Yellowstone, and our first stop in the morning was West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Yellowstone is the world's first national park. President Theodore Roosevelt set it aside as national land in the late 1800's.

To the left is an example of a "thumb paint pot" - a miniature mud volcano that releases steam and spits up mud of a satiny consistency.

Johannes on the edge of Yellowstone Lake. The lake is actually a caldera that filled with water. A caldera is created when an area in the earth's crust caves in after a series of volcanic eruptions.

We expected that since we were traveling across the States in August that we would have summer weather. That day in Yellowstone, temperatures dropped into the low 30s (Fahrenheit) and it snowed!

The picture on the left shows Johannes covered in huge white pelts of packed ice that came down as hail. We were on the Mud Volcano trail and could not make it back to our car fast enough before getting drenched.

Old Faithful erupting! We had to plan very carefully to be able to set this picture up so as not to get anyone in the background. This event is always watched by hundreds of people each hour.
It was thunderstorming outside, but Johannes was intent on getting photos of bison in the valley below, so he tried to take them from the car window. The bison were simply little dark spots from where we were sitting, so needless to say, we don't expect to see much when we develop the pictures.
The roads in Yellowstone hit the Continental Divide (north-south midpoint of North America) at three points since the line of division actually goes in a squiggly line.
Goofing off as usual on the Upper Geyser Basin Trail
Passed out because of the terrible sulfur smell coming up with the steam.
Johannes takes photos of the trip with his Nikon SLR while Christina takes photos with her digital Olympus 2040Z.
Click here to see our favorite landscape photos of Yellowstone
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