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