Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Dragon Mouth Springs

8/2/19 – Friday

Barn swallow welcoming us as we get ready to leave our condo for the day.

This time we went straight to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (also early, about 9 am), visiting 2 spots.

Artist’s Point (I took way too many photos)

Artist’s Point
Artist’s Point
Artist’s Point
Jamie, Lily and Gabe at Artist’s Point
Joe at Artist’s Point
Justin and Jamie at Artist’s Point

Along the trail to Sublime Point

Along the trail to Sublime Point
Along the trail to Sublime Point
Gabe throwing rocks into the canyon as Jamie and Justin watch. Do you see the edge he is standing on?
Along the trail to Sublime Point

On the way back we came across a black bear feeding in the forest near our trail

Black bear

Onward to Uncle Tom’s Point (waterfalls).

Uncle Tom’s Point waterfall

John and Justin wanted to stand where there was standing water, so they perched themselves on a small stick that teetered when the first one got off.

John and Justin
John being careful as he gets off that stick.

More family shots

Jamie and Lily
Lily, Justin and Gabe
Joe at Uncle Tom’s Point

Next up: lunch near Yellowstone River, so refreshing.

On our way towards more geothermal sites we came upon bison, much closer than we’d seen before.

Bison
Bison
Bison
Bison

Along the way after that stop Justin spotted a great view of a lone bison, so we stopped to check it and a hot spring (Sulphur Cauldron) nearby.

Bison

At the area of the Mud Volcano we saw some neat hot springs;

Sulphur Cauldron

Sulphur Cauldron
Sulphur Cauldron
Sulphur Cauldron

The Mud Volcano is no longer erupting, so it wasn’t that much to look at.

Mud Volcano
Mud Volcano

My favorite hot spring was Dragon Mouth Spring and the hot water areas surrounding it.

At Dragon Mouth Spring area
At Dragon Mouth Spring area
At Dragon Mouth Spring area
Joe and I (Trish) at Dragon Mouth Spring
Dragon Mouth Spring
Joe at Dragon Mouth Spring
Joe at Dragon Mouth Spring
At Dragon Mouth Spring area
At Dragon Mouth Spring area
At Dragon Mouth Spring area

Yes, I took LOTS of photos there, but what can I say – I love the looks of that place.On our way out of Yellowstone we had an opportunity to get photos near the Yellowstone National Park sign.

Lily and Gabe saying Hello to Yellowstone
Justin, Jamie, Lily and Gabe saying Hello to Yellowstone
John, Trish and Joe saying Hello to Yellowstone
Trish, John and Joe Leaving Yellowstone!
Lily, Gabe, Jamie and Justin Leaving Yellowstone!

We arrived back at West Yellowstone in about 1.5 hours. We stopped in town for ice cream treats, then to our condos. Joe, John and I walked to town for gifts and an item for Trish (me). When we returned Justin and family went to the pool while John and I rested.

We made our pork chop dinner, aiming for 7 pm, but our oven wasn’t working as expected, so the potatoes weren’t ready until 7:30. After dinner and cleanup John & I went to bed. Lily joined her family, then came to sleep at our place.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Dragon Mouth Springs

  1. Judith Andre says:

    What a good looking man Joe is. I don’t think I’ve seen him, or even pictures of him, in years.

    • Patricia Elser says:

      Thanks for the compliment. Joe has been doing a great deal to improve his life the last couple of years. He even has a girlfriend.

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