Geology Day

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

I think we all slept fairly well.  It was chilly in the morning, but nice.  We headed off for breakfast at the dining room and met Macneil and our group in the lobby.  We stopped off at the classroom for a little geology lesson about Yellowstone and a very cool experiment showing how the Yellowstone caldera was formed.  The girls were all given digital cameras to document their trip.  They ended up taking some of the best pictures of the trip!

We drove first past Roaring Mountain and then on to Norris Geyser Basin. 
Roaring Mountain by Katie
The girls did a few experiments with Macneil dealing with a heat gun and pH strips.  We witnessed Veteran Geyser erupting in a way that Macneil had never seen.  It was very strong and a new vent seemed to have formed out of the right side.  We visited Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest geyser.  It last erupted in 2005.  It was just spitting for us.  On our way back to the bus, Macneil pointed out a lodgepole pine with very distinctive marks.  This was where a grizzly had stopped to stretch.  There was fur on the tree next too it where we imagined the bear had a nice back scratch too. 
Grizzley Scratch
We ate our bag lunches at a roadside pull-out.  Our seats were the ground or rocks.  Food always tastes extra good when you're outside, hungry and have worked up a sweat! 

We stopped at the Indian River to have a little foot soak.  The water was COLD!  But you all know that doesn't deter Katie and Sarah.  Amazingly though, they kept their clothes dry.  After coercing them out of the river, we headed back toward Mammoth.  We briefly stopped at what Macneil called "Oooh, Ahh Falls."  It is very pretty, but not the best one in the park as you'll see later. 

Our last stop took us to the Upper Terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.  We were in for a big treat.  Macneil led us off of the typical tourist trails to the breath-taking Narrow Gauge Spring.  The pictures do not do the colors justice.  There were portions of the newly formed travertine that looked like ice (aka travertine ice).  Mom was a bit winded and enjoyed the shade during this visit.
Narrow Gauge 2 by Sarah
We ended the day very satisfied and excited about the next day.  Mom collapsed back at the cabin and Dad, Katie, and Sarah headed into Gardiner, Montana for some grub.  They had pizza at Outlaw's Pizza (but it did not have chicken nuggets on it).  They also saw some big horn sheep on the way.  Mom woke up when they arrived back at the cabin.  She took the girls with her for her dinner (cheeseburger) and got some ice cream for them and Dad.
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