Our journey continued to the southeast side of the park where we visited the beautiful lake area. Lake Yellowstone is the largest high elevation lake in North America. I was struck by the range of blues and greens in the water.
We enjoyed lunch at the elegant Lake Yellowstone Hotel where Jen and Bill had spent a summer working while they were in college and fell in love with the West. I liked this area as it was much less crowded than the other spots we visited.
Circling around the lake we stopped at the West Thumb Geyser Basin to see more bubbling hot springs. There’s a submerged geyser in the lake called Fishing Cone because people used to catch fish and then drop them into the boiling water to cook.
We stayed close to our home base the next day and walked around the terraces of the Upper Geyser Basin behind Old Faithful.
We were lucky to catch many of the geysers erupting. Beehive Geyser was the most impressive. It spewed with incredible force for about 5 minutes and was much higher than Old Faithful. Everybody got wet!
Morning Glory Pool was worth the hike. The guide says that it’s been victim to vandalism. People throw coins and trash in the pool which clogs the vents and reduce water circulation. We saw signs near every hot spring warning people not to throw things into the pools.
We didn’t want to miss seeing the Grand Prismatic Basin. We had stopped there early one morning and it was too fogged over to see anything. We tried to see it another time and couldn’t get near the parking lot. We had to try again on our last night and, despite the crowds, it didn’t disappoint.
The colors are spectacular. The best view would be from above!
We woke up early the next day for the drive to Denver.