HAPPY WANDERLUST WEDNESDAY!
Note: This post was written 08.26.20
We are in full cowboy mood out here in Wyoming. Yesterday, we went trail riding up a mountain. It was the boys first time horseback riding, and despite Bryson being a little hesitant at first, I declare the experience a success!
Our trail guide was really sweet with the boys. He sensed Bryson’s initial hesitation and reassured him. The boys asked our trail guide questions the WHOLE time, and he was happy to answer them all.
The last eruption we saw was probably the most impressive because the sky was the bluest and provided a nice contrast.
It was a great start to a day full of geothermal wonder. The Grand Prismatic Spring was very impressive. We did a little hike to see it from above, but also walked around it. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world. It is wider than a football field and deeper than a 10 story building!
We also saw some other geysers throughout the day, but Mammoth Springs is worth detailing here. These travertine terraces are formed by hot springs that rise up through limestone, dissolve the calcium carbonate, and deposit the calcite in these formations. This is also how the Pamukkale in Turkey was formed – I featured Pamukkale two weeks ago in my Wanderlust Inspiration section of the Weekly Explorer.
We aren’t ‘hikers’ so we have to pick and choose where we choose to walk beyond the viewing points. We made a mistake here and took a hike that we thought was giving us a better view of the Lower Falls, but we ended up walking through the woods to another view point with a parking lot! Thus, we wasted a chance to go beyond and ‘explore more’ which bummed me out so I insisted we keep pushing and ‘hike’ down to the top of the falls so we could experience the sheer force of the water.
Well, I made it. Boys made it about 3/4 of the way down, and Rob volunteered to sit with them on a bench while I made my way down. It was a steep walk, and Connor seems to have developed a fear of heights at some point so there was no point in pushing the boys at this point. The walk back up was a work out, but we made it. Next up was a picnic – there are so many scenic picnic spots throughout the park. Then, we saw the Upper Falls, Mud Volcano, and Dragon’s Mouth Spring.