Day 95 – Yellowstone Backcountry Hiking Day 2 of 3

The next day I had a relatively long day ahead. The weather was cloudy like the day before but it was not raining when I set out. Because of that I decided to go to the thermal basin once more. I would only add a little over a mile to the trip in doing so. The basin was beautifully misty when I arrived. Throughout most of the hike it drizzled on and off. Since I did not have dinner the night prior and did not have a double breakfast as I had planned, I stopped to have a full meal mid trail. I reached the point that the trail forked to a hot spring called Mr. Bubbles but I wanted to set up tent before going there so I continued. The only problem was that I was low on time. I made it about a mile further when I ran…

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Day 96 – Yellowstone Backcountry hiking Day 3 of 3

I was dreading this morning as it had rained almost the entire night and I was fearful of more poor weather. I set my alarm for 8:30 since I had a 17.5 mile hike out today. I heard the other campers and poked my head out. The sun was shining and the clouds were gone! I got up to prepare a meal and quickly realized that I no longer had my water filter. I looked around camp, in my tent, but it was nowhere to be found. It must have fallen out during the rain last night on my way from Mr. Bubbles. Still I had the option of boiling and chemical treatment so I was not concerned with the ability to drink clean water, I was more concerned about leaving something in the backcountry. As a solo hiker I carry lots of spare items in case something goes wrong.…

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Day 97 – Lone Star Geyser and Errands

Today I wound up eating a lot, writing a little, doing some laundry and cleaning my car vigorously. The mice had run around the entire car, not just the front area as I had suspected. I took it to a self serve car wash where I used their vacuum cleaner to clean the interior as best I could. I also wiped things down with hand sanitizer although there is not much you can do for the fabric. While not really satisfied with the cleaning job there is not much more I can do. Toward the late afternoon I became a little restless about not doing much and decided to go back to the Lone Star geyser. I had passed it twice, once at the beginning of my last hike and yesterday. I had yet to see it erupt. When I arrived I was told that it had just gone off.…

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Day 98 – Castle Geyser – Yellowstone National Park

The following day I went through my routine in the morning and posted some content. I then decided I would try and get the Castle Geyser eruption which is in the same area as old faithful. After about an hour it finally went off. It was a beautiful display and a long run. The mist created rainbows that were visible at multiple times and depending on your perspective you could see the entire arch from start to finish.     I had noticed some people with radios and spoke to one of them when they articulated that the Geyser was major. I wanted to know what that meant. The woman told me that the length of time that the Geyser goes of as well as it’s output helps to predict it’s next eruption. This one was a major eruption. I realized there were several people with radios and when I…

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Day 99 & 100 – The Terraces and Steamboat Geyser

After spending my entire day posting yesterday today I decided I would go to Mammoth Springs to check out the terraces. This is an area in the northern section of Yellowstone that I had not yet visited. On my way there I noticed this beautiful boulder sitting in the middle of the river off the side of the road. This was most likely deposited from a volcanic eruption although it could have been brought there via glacier as well. I found a pullout and hiked down to it. I noticed this not so great looking river nymph on a rock. I knew they could get bigger than the one I found in my drinking water in the Rockies but seeing it up close and personal really skived me out. Those interested in seeing one swimming in my Nalgene bottle you can see it here. I continued onward and parked my…

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