It’s mid-afternoon and we have gotten through the road work and finally arrive at the upper north area of Yellowstone where the Mammoth Hot Springs are located. THIS is why I wanted to come back.
We start with a drive around the loop at the lower pools. I don’t even see one of the pools that have been the iconic picture most have seen in photographs taken of Yellowstone, surely taken and shown as often as Old Faithful. The scenery is stunning however.
This killdeer, a member of the plover family, isn’t about to give up his footbath when I look down on him wading in the bit of warm water. I was a s surprised to see him there as he was to see me up above.
Around a bend in the narrow one-way 0ne-lane road we come to this …
With the vibrant mule’s ears growing right across the roadway.
Once we come to the end of this loop road, we come to the blue pools. The pools that beckoned me back to Yellowstone, the Mammoth Hot Springs pools with their blue waters held in shallow, flat bowls of white.
There’s only one that I could see at this lower pool area. We head around the bend and down the mountain in search of the upper pools.
I eagerly walk the wooden paths seeking those gorgeous blue pools I’ve seen in photos advertising Yellowstone in all its glory. There are no blue pools to be found. Each and every higher board walk has a sign saying the path is closed. As disappointing as it is, I am grateful that I got photos of the lower pools.
As we leave the area, heading toward the north entrance/exit the busy, busy, busy little Yellowstone village is dotted with elk walking the streets. I am so in awe that it doesn’t even occur to me to pick up my camera! We head out and follow the flooded Yellowstone River to the Arch at Gardiner signifying the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Another exhausting day, and the laundry will once again have to wait!
Our back yard for tonight ends up being at the Carbella BLM campground along the Yellowstone River on Hwy 89.
Thanks for coming along with The Chiweenie Brothers and I on our tour of the “top of the 8”, northern Yellowstone. Hugs, Shawna