Sarah (bookworm1225) wrote,

Yellowstone, day 4 (August 30)

We were still wondering what was going on with Fan and Mortar. It hadn't erupted overnight, so we were still inclined to hang around the Lower Geyser Basin.

Grand was predicted for a morning eruption, so we headed out early. I caught a minor eruption of Bulger while there. After a while, we got the call that Beehive Indicator was erupting--time for a Beehive stampede! Could we go the half-mile plus, down and then *up*, in time? Well, this year, it was definitely possible, as Beehive Indicator was giving 15-20 minutes of warning, instead of its usual 10 or so minutes. On the way, Lion Geyser erupted. Plume Geyser also gave us its hourly show that takes one by surprise. Finally, Beehive erupted, with wonderful rainbows in its spray. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, movie) Then it was time to hurry back to Grand Geyser, stopping for some wildflowers on the way. It was a steamy eruption of Grand, since it was still morning, but it gave us 2 bursts, which is always fun. (1, 2, movie)

After Grand's eruption, we went back to the cabin for lunch and some relaxation. Then we wandered back down-basin, and caught another Daisy eruption. (1, 2, movie) Then we went to Oblong Geyser to wait for its eruption. (It isn't one of the regularly-predicted ones, but one can get a fairly good idea of when it'll go.) It's not the easiest of places to wait--no shade or shelter from the wind--but it can be worth it. And this one was--much better than the eruption we'd seen the previous day. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Then it was on to Riverside for another eruption, with more spray rainbows. (1, 2, 3)

And, because Grand had erupted early enough in the morning, we had the chance to catch it again in the late afternoon. It proceeded to catch us all by surprise, by erupting only 20 minutes into its 4-hour prediction window! And it was another 2-burster! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) That gave us plenty of time to catch Castle Geyser, which also erupted very early in its prediction window, and was, this time, a major eruption. (1, 2, 3, 4, movie) We also--finally--saw some bison hanging around (1, 2), though only a few, and only for a couple of days. I'm wondering if all the bear activity was keeping them and the elk away.

So, after all this, was dinner and bed, while still puzzling over Fan and Mortar, which had done absolutely diddly-squat the whole day.
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