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Aug 24, 2019 - Monument Geyser Basin

Saturday, August 24: Afternoon in the Gibbon Canyon area Not in Today's Plan: Monument Geyser Basin Trail Highlights: - At 13:30 we still had lots of time to hike another trail and our legs were not tired from the easy trails this morning. We decided to stop at the Monument Geyser Basin trailhead. This short 2.8-mile RT trail climbed 700 ft to views of Gibbon Canyon and a dormant geyser area with some interesting sinter cones. The narrow trail started as a pleasant, level walk along the Gibbon River but after a shady stroll through...

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Aug 24, 2019 - Norris Geyser Basin

Saturday, August 24: Canyon Campground (Yellowstone) to Madison Campground via Norris Geyser Basin Weather: An overcast morning in the mid 40sF warming to the high 60sF as the skies gradually cleared. The light breezes diminished towards evening and the temperature dropped to the mid 40sF by 22:00. Route: Canyon Campground → Norris Canyon Road (West) → Grand Loop Road/US-89 (South) → Madison Campground Today's Plan: Arrive early to tour Norris Geyser Basin and Artists' Paintpots before setting up our new Madison campsite Highlights: - I...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Norris Junction YNP

September 26, 2014 This morning we went to the Norris Geyser Basin for a 1 ½ hour ranger tour. Norris has the hottest, most acidic and dynamic geysers in the park. Norris includes Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest geyser, with an eruption cycle of 4 days to 50 years. It erupted 9/4/14 and had not erupted since 2005 before that. The ranger emphasized that several changes had taken place in the park in the past two years. They don’t understand why. Vixen, a dormant geyser, began erupting again. “Hot Springs” (like geysers but their...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Red Lodge, MT to Norris Junction (Yellowstone)

September 25, 2014 Last night right before dinner, a BIG moose and his cow walked through camp. Only problem is that I could not get a good shot of him! This morning our neighbor said a skunk got into the tent with him but left as soon as he got out. Glad there was no spraying! We have really had trouble with passports this trip. I realized that I had left my National Park Passport (with three years’ of stamps and our pass) at Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument. I called, they had found it and will mail to Sonoma. It was fairly...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Norris Geyser Basin

The geothermal areas of Yellowstone include several geyser basins in Yellowstone National Park as well as other geothermal features such as hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The number of thermal features in Yellowstone is estimated at 10,000. A study that was completed in 2011 found that a total of 1283 geysers have erupted in Yellowstone, 465 of which are active during an average year. These are distributed among nine geyser basins, with a few geysers found in smaller thermal areas throughout the Park. The number of geysers in each...

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Trip Journal


2014 RV Adventure

Jun 25, 2010 - Yellowtone's North Loop

Tom: We’ve now been able to scout around our immediate area, roughly between Livingston and Gardiner. Yellowstone’s Edge RV park is about 20 miles south of Livingston, and 30 miles north of Gardiner. The only “towns” in between are very small indeed, being Pray and Emigrant, both of which are only a few miles from our “base camp” at Yellowstone’s Edge. What we’ve discovered in our modest travels a bit off the paved roadway is that there are likely more intriguing gravel roads and jeep tracks going both east and west from the Paradise Valley...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Norris Geyser Basin

We went to Norris Geyser Basin our last morning in the park. It is the most active area in the park sitting on three fault lines. Norris hot springs and geysers are also the most varied colored geysers in the park. Blue is the hottest water over 182 degrees and doesn't contain any living organism, bacteria, or algae. Yellow (140-1801 degrees) areas contain sulfur and are home to microorganisms that use sulfur for foot. Red, Rust, or Brown (130-140 degrees)colors contain iron with high levels of arsenic. They contain bacteria that...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Hike to Fairy Falls

On our day off, July 9, we went to Livingston to get the refrigerator checked for the motorhome again. Waiting to hear the results from Norcold. Friday we went on a “scenic” hike to Fairy Falls. The hike was a total of 13 miles round trip according to the GPS. This is an area which was part of the heavy burn back in 1988. The 200-foot drop of Fairy Creek makes Fairy Falls one of Yellowstone’s highest waterfalls. We started at the Freight Road Trailhead (at the south end of Fountain Flat Drive). We crossed the Firehole River by bridge, then...

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Jun 5, 2009 - Another trip to Swan Flats

We’ve been having a few rainy days and a few snowy days here lately. On our way out for a ride through the park, we got a shot of this magpie hitching a ride on the elk. We snapped a couple more shots of the pair of baby great horned owls. The rainy weather came in so fast, we decided to turn around and go home instead of heading out toward West Yellowstone.

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Jul 2, 2008 - To Norris Geyser Basin

Today we went to Norris Geyser Basin. The last time we came here it was covered in snow 2 months ago. It's great learning about all the different aspects of the park. Norris Geyser Basin is one of the hottest of Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas. Some of the hot springs and fumaroles have temperatures above the boiling point of 200 degrees here. Water fluctuations and seismic activity often change features. Norris is part of the world's largest active volcanoes and sits on the intersection of three major faults. Many of the colors are...

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Feb 8, 2007 - Yellowstone Day 1

We found a nice hotel in West Yellowstone called the Three Bear Lodge which is just outside the west entrance to the park. We spent the whole first day in a snow coach. The other option was to rent snowmobiles, but that would too tough on Annika. It ended up being a great way to see the park. You are in a large, heated truck/van and they will stop whenever there is an animal, an important sight, or whenever you want to take a picture. The park is almost empty. Our guide has told us that at some of the stops we made today where we were all...

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Jul 26, 2006 - Yellowstone NP, Visit 1

It took 3 hours to get to the West entrance of the park, then I spent another 7 hours in the park and 4 hours getting home, so it was a full day of driving and stopping to see the sights! And guess what? I only saw a small portion (northwest corner) of the park! I didn't see Old Faithful, so I have to go back - maybe in the next few days! I didn't really know what to expect to see besides Old Faithful, but I found out that there are many geysers, hot springs, fumaroles (steam vents), and mudpots here - more here than any other place int he...

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