Today was filled with a lot of resting. And rain. Can’t forget about the rain. We didn’t do much at all until after 11am when we finally headed back into the park. Yellowstone is huge, so it takes awhile to get anywhere in there. There was a long line to get in, so we used the opportunity to get a pic of the entrance sign.
Our first stop was the Midway Geyser Basin, mainly to see the Grand Prismatic Spring. If you’ve ever seen a picture of Yellowstone other than Old Faithful, this is probably what it was of. It’s a very large, very blue pool of water surrounded by a ring of color. You can only see the entire thing with an aerial shot, so you’ll have to Google it if you really wanna know what I’m talking about because pics from ground level don’t come close to showing off how cool it is. There’s geysers and stuff at that stop, too, but the Grand Prismatic is the main thing we wanted to see.
Our second stop was to check out the Morning Glory Pool, which looks like a colorful rainbow tunnel into the ground. It took awhile to get there and almost as long to find parking. It reminded me of the old days of working at The Tunnel in Hawaii, just circling the parking lot like a bunch of sharks looking for a space to open up and trying to get it before anyone else did. We found a spot eventually and decided to have lunch because it was already after 1:30pm. We started walking out in the direction of Morning Glory, but around half a mile in it started to rain. Being that I had my good camera with me and nothing to cover it with, we headed back and hung out in the gift shops until the rain let up enough to go to the van to grab some rain gear. And then out we went. Again.
The direct walkway to get to Morning Glory is a 1.4 mile trek from the visitor center, but there’s also a wooden walkway that curves around to see a bunch of other geysers on the way and that’s the way we decided to go. I didn’t take many pictures because much of the scenery looks the same as stuff we’ve already seen; holes in the ground filled with hot, sometimes bubbling, water. By the time we got to Morning Glory, it was raining again. It was a really beautiful view and completely looks like a rainbow shooting into the ground.
It was around 5pm by the time we got back to the van and we decided to call it an early day on account of the rain. Since most of our days go until 10pm or later, it was nice to be done around 6pm. We stayed in West Yellowstone again last night, camped out on the side of the street.