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.
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.