We were able to get in a short hike to Harlequin Lake before lunch, and then we rode over to the Norris Geyser Basin. There we were able to see a few minor eruptions like the one above at Steamboat Geyser. The last major eruption here was in May of 2005, but if you're lucky enough to catch one, it's a special event. Steamboat erupts at heights 2 or 3 times that of Old Faithful, but it is much less predictable.I just cannot get over these snow-capped mountains. Their majesty is staggering. We even drove by several huge patches of snow which were on ground level with us. Temperatures hovered around 50 today, sometimes a little less and sometimes a little more depending on our location. That is quite an experience for this little Southern hothouse flower.
The hot springs, geysers, and mud pots here in Yellowstone are at temperatures much higher than any human can withstand. People have been scalded to death from falls into these geothermal features, and some contain enough acid to eat through boots. Translation: Stay on the boardwalks!
More exploring is on the agenda for tomorrow. For now, this girl needs to get some sleep.