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Junior Curator Yellowstone Trip Day 5

June 19, 2018

Today was incredibly rainy, but it broke for us at the moments when we needed it to. We lingered over breakfast at Lake Lodge and when someone asked to stop by a second time to fill a water bottle we ended up seeing a pine marten running around the porch! The rain stopped just in time for our hike on Pelican Creek and the pelicans were doing their synchronous feeding dance. We found salamanders and leeches at Isa Lake (and though the kids tried hard they would not suck blood so maybe they really are detritivores, as we had been told). West Thumb Geyser Basin wasn’t crowded at all (and it usually is) because it had just stopped pouring. We found a beautiful picnic site for lunch where it wasn’t raining at the time. We stopped for a jam that turned out to be bluebirds hovering over a wetland to feed – tons of them – and then had to run back to the cars in 20 mph winds and sleety rain. The sun came out as we laid by Black Sand pool to feel how it thumps with small hydrothermal explosions, and we took a hike to see Daisy Geyser which erupted as we arrived.

JCs waiting to feel the small hydrothermal explosions from Black Sand Pool

JCs waiting to feel the small hydrothermal explosions from Black Sand Pool

We saw and incredibly beautiful Old Faithful eruption (our third of the day!) as the sun hit it in front of dark clouds.

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Afternoon storms behind Old Faithful

And the setting sun broke through again as we reached the new Grand Prismatic overlook.

Sunset over Grand Prismatic Spring

Sunset over Grand Prismatic Spring

So in spite of the rain it was a great day… it is good to be here.

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