Now perhaps I have already said this, but purposely planned our trip for the end of the season. We thought there would be less people and I guess there was, but it was not empty by any means. I can't even imagine the number of people roaming around being stupid. Anyway.
Walking up to a geyser or a paint pot the first thing you notice is the smell. Sulpher! Rotten eggs! And the steam is hot and fills your lungs. Then you hear the noise, the sound of the gas escaping
This is the Dragons Mouth, it sounds a little like waves crashing with explosions mixed in, just crazy.
I can't even remember the name of this one.
My point is that there is so much to see here, whether you hike the difficult trails, or the easy ones, or don't even get out of your car, go there and see it.
On our last night we were sitting in the lobby chatting about what we had seen and how crazy the geysers are. The man sitting on another couch joined our conversation. While I know we had all thought about the fact that we were exploring a volcano, but this man said it out loud.
Did you know we are sitting on top of the largest volcano in the world. It is down there bubbling and working and someday it is going to explode. It will be the biggest volcanic eruption ever. It will destroy everything. The world will start all over again.
Gee thanks buddy. Maybe it could happen right now?
We removed ourselves from our new friend and went outside to watch Old Faithful one more time. Yes, it was dark. Yes, it was cold. But who knows when we will be back. I half expected it to be lit up, but it was not. It was cool to see it in the dark. The water is white when it is shooting out and it is just as beautiful when you can't see it all as it is during the day.
The next morning we were off to the Grand Tetons.