Saturday, August 30, 2008
This is our last full day in Yellowstone this year. We have re-bonded with it and while leaving is difficult, we know that our next stop is just as beautiful: The Grand Tetons.
Today we wandered up to Mammoth Village, the Park Headquarters and explored the old Army Barracks that were built at the turn of the last century. Back then, the National Park Service did not exist, so the Army came and protected the Park from poachers, thieves, highwaymen and other miscreants. The stately stone and wood structures are still in use by the Park Superintendent and various other personnel. The Jail, built in 1911 is still in use too in case some modern day rule-breaker needs to be sequestered.
We also took a little bit of time to marvel at some of the water features at the park. There are not many places where you can see bubbling pools or geysers or smoke coming from the ground. Mother nature has played a lot of tricks on this landscape. However, one pool looked very inviting this afternoon. It's in a very quiet area--the water is blue--and it just bubbles away. A natural Jacuzzi, and if it's like other water features in "Colter's Hell," it's warm too.
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