Pacific Northwest - Day 15 - Yellowstone Natl. Park, muddy Pools

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A mud blub caught in time

All good things come to an end. At the end of this day we had to be in Salt Lake City in order to catch our flight home tomorrow. A 522-kilometer (324-mile) journey through three states. But not before we made yet another visit to the beautiful National Park, and thus adding a fourth state (Wyoming) to our list for today.

After being stuck in a Bison-watcher traffic jam (i.e. some people spot a bison and just stop blocking the road for other vehicles) we arrived at the Artist Paint Pots. These Paint Pots are a set of whirl pools in an area where water is less abundant that in the geyser basins. The result is that the few amounts of water that are available (and get heated by the geothermal layers) mix with the volcanic ashes and sand to become a thick slurry. Due to the heat the mud starts bubbling and bursting, creating a spattering mud mess and very relaxing blub sounds.

A mud blub caught in time
The majority of the pools is grayish but sometimes the red rusty ground mixes in coloring the slurry, hence the name Paint PotsIf you come too close to the bubbling slurries you might get hit. And find your clothes (and sometimes camera) covered in mud.

This concluded our Yellowstone visit, we had to move south towards the states of Montana, Idaho and Utah. En route to the park exit I made one short stop at Beryl Spring, one of the park's hottest springs. Its water temperature is 91° C (196 F) causing a lot of steam. Note, at this high altitude the boiling point of water is at approx. 92° C (198 F)!

More pictures and a video below.

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A mud blub caught in time
A mud blub caught in time
A mud blub caught in time
A mud blub caught in time
Overview from the hill on the lowe…
Overview from the hill on the low…
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Yellowstone is also beautiful wit…
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Same spot less than a secon apart…
More mud blubs
More mud blubs
Mily pools
Mily pools
Beryl Spring, one of the hottest s…
Beryl Spring, one of the hottest …
Mud pools in Lower Geyser Basin (…