Yellowstone National Park Has Geysers

Today Ms. Ducky will show you pictures of some geysers at Yellowstone National Park.    According to National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks, Yellowstone is a “geological smoking gun”.  Here is Ms. Ducky at Mud Geyser.

Mud Geyser

Mud Geyser

Don’t get in that water, Ms. Ducky.

Mud Geyer

Mud Geyer

Humans do go to National Parks to see wild animals.   Be careful, Ms. Ducky

Ms. Ducky. There is a buffalo behind you

Ms. Ducky. There is a buffalo behind you.

Of course, this is the Rocky Mountains, so let’s see a mountain lake.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Possibly the best known geyser in Yellowstone National Park is Old Faithful.

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser

This geyser’s eruptions are predictable, so many humans gather here waiting for the next eruption.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Isn't it beautiful

Isn’t it beautiful at Yellowstone?

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A closer look

Let’s go to Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace for a different landscape.

Mammoth Hot Spring Terrace

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

 

Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace

Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace

The steaming terraces are made of travertine, calcium carbonate, which the hot water brings to the surface from beds of limestone.

Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace

Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace

A whole new look for geyser landscape.   Isn’t this interesting?   We love to see this stuff.

Very unusual

Very unusual

But, what is this?

Dormant hot spring cone

Dormant hot spring cone

This is a dormant hot spring cone.   This is something new.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks have never seen anything like it.   This is great Ms. Ducky.  Thanks for sharing all these great pictures with us.   We will have from Ms. Ducky next time.  We still think you are very photogenic.

 

Ms. Ducky Goes to Yellowstone National Park

Ms. Ducky, our friend, took a great vacation.   She and her humans went to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park with Ms. Ducky

Yellowstone National Park with Ms. Ducky

In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park.   Yellowstone has so much to see.   First Ms. Ducky took her humans to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Beautiful.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

This is wonderful.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The river cuts through the rock.

Canyon

Canyon

The color of the canyon walls is caused by heat and chemical action on gray and brown rhyolite rock.  Oh, those waterfalls are perfect.

Canyon and waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park

Canyon and waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park

Ms. Ducky was happy to see this human.

Joe with Ms. Ducky

Joe with Ms. Ducky

This Joe.   He is a US Marine and she does not see him often.   Ms. Ducky had her humans ride this wagon.

Riding in wagon

Riding in wagon

Where are you going, Ms. Ducky?  The horse seems to like Ms. Ducky, too.

He brought us here

He brought us here

After the wagon ride, this dinner was served.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

Makes me hungry.   Now we know where you were heading while on that wagon.   Great choice!  Thank you for sharing your photos, Ms. Ducky.   Yellowstone National Park is beautiful. Next time she will show us a different area of Yellowstone National Park.

Wyoming

Zeb here with my last post of our recent road trip.  Just want to share a few observations about Wyoming.   I could not quickly describe Wyoming and I only saw the eastern part, north to south.  I saw so many different things there.

We entered Wyoming at Cheyenne.

Entering Wyoming

Entering Wyoming

Things were hilly with barren rock formations and outside of the city, lots of empty land.

Lonely highway

Lonely highway

Very few towns and very few people.  We did stop at a rest stop in Chugwater.  The signs said Chugwater was famous for chili.  It was pretty hot that day, so no chili for us.  But, let’s talk about the rest area.  The building utilized passive solar power.

Mom took some photos, but I think I should explain what goes on here.  There are solar panels on the south side and shutters that close at night.

Inside rest area building I am on stone wall with solar panels above

Inside rest area building I am on stone wall with solar panels above

There is a solar hot water storage tank also.  The building does have back up electric heaters in the cement floor and back up electric water heaters.  There is also earth berming on the north side of the building to reduce energy loss.

Solar panels at rest area

Solar panels at rest area

This seems like a very smart idea to this duck.

Most people have heard that Wyoming is very windy.  It is!  Here is a snow fence.

Snow fence

Snow fence

These snow fences do not stop the snow, but blowing snow usually will drift against the fences.  This reduces the size of snowdrifts on the highway or any other place the ranchers want to limit the snow drifts.

We passed Glendo Lake State Park.  This is a huge lake that is used for farm irrigation in multiple states.  It is also a recreation center, complete with camping, fishing and boating.  We saw this lake in late September, so the water level was fairly low. Winter snow and rain will fill it again so it will be ready next spring.

We continued on I-25 to Douglas.  We drove through and saw a real western looking bar and restaurant.  White Wolf Saloon has antlers on the front,

White Wolf Saloon in Douglas, Wyoming

White Wolf Saloon in Douglas, Wyoming

carved figures on the porch and lots of mounted animals inside.  WOW!!  This is real old western place.  I sat on each figure

I am helping my friend play cards

I am helping my friend play cards

and on the bar inside.

Lots of stuff inside White Wolf Saloon

Lots of stuff inside White Wolf Saloon

Another time lunch would be fun here.  But this trip, we had a destination and time constraints.  But what fun this is!

Leaving Newcastle and approaching the Black Hills, the landscape was hilly and wooded.  Very pretty.  The Black Hills are mostly in South Dakota, but part of them is in Wyoming.

 Black Hills landscape

Black Hills landscape

This looks very different from the land between Cheyenne and Wheatland.

North of Newcastle is Devils Tower

Devils Tower

Devils Tower

and Black Hills scenery.  See my report on Devils Tower a few days ago.  To get to Devils Tower, we left I-25 at Douglas at took highway 59 to Gillette.  On this road, we saw more antelope,

Herd of antelope

Herd of antelope

more horses,

Many horses

Many horses

more sheep, more cows,

Lots of cows

Lots of cows

more oil wells pumping,

Working oil well

Working oil well

coal mining, wind

Wind turbines

Wind turbines

turbines, hay fields

Hay fields

Hay fields

and a herd of buffalo.

Old and young buffalo in herd

Old and young buffalo in herd

When were near Sheridan, on I-90 we could see the Rocky Mountains.

Beautiful mountains

Beautiful mountains

They look so majestic, just like they do in Colorado.  On this trip we did not go to them, but western Wyoming is home to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  I, Zeb, just wanted you to know that Wyoming has a little of everything.

We will return to Wyoming

We will return to Wyoming

This state is close to my home near Denver, so I hope mom and I will explore of wonderful Wyoming.  Let me know what parts of Wyoming you like best.