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Junior Curator Yellowstone Trip – June 29, 2012

June 30, 2012

We started the day with Ranger Rita Garcia early in the morning to predict geysers. One of the geysers we helped predict is called Daisy Geyser. We correctly predicted when it would errupt and Sam F. reported its eruption to geyser enthusiasts (affectionately called Geyser Gazers). Later, we walked around the geyser basin and then ate lunch at a restaurant that Rita suggested.

After a delicious lunch of burgers and malts, we left to view Grand Prismatic Spring. We climbed a steep hill to get a bird’s-eye view of the colorful spring. We were out of breath, but it was worth it. On our way back to the vans, we searched for endemic plant species such as the Yellowstone Wild Sulfur Buckwheat.

Last, but not least, we visited the Artist Paint Pots. This thermal feature is formed by the weathering of rocks combined with rain water and snow melt to form mud. As gas rises to the surface, it creates bubbles in the mud which burst and splatter from the ground.

We returned once again to Mammoth Hotel to bring the trip full circle. We ate our last dinner together in a restuarant called Cowboys located in Gardiner, Montana. Tomorrow, we will wake up early to have one last look at Lamar Valley. Then, our bittersweet day will end with our arrival in RDU. See everyone soon!

By Seraphina, Eli, Caroline, Sam F., John, and Alison


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  1. June 30, 2012 1:08 pm

    Cool trip! Did you get close enough to feel the heat? I know the spring is too hot to swim in but can you get close enough to feel it? Do any animals still hang around nearby – it would be a nice heater in winter for them I bet.

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