Wonderful to be in Yellowstone without the crowds. Unfortunately, only had time for a short hike so opted for Mystic Falls – that way I could take in the geological wonders at Biscuit Basin first with the added bonus of a waterfall and vista of the Upper Geyser Basin.
Silex Spring, the photo at the top of the page, was one of the most spectacular geothermal pools, but there were many contenders. It was mesmerizing to watch what seemed to be sporadic eruptions from pool to pool. After a while, you notice that the eruptions are actually sequential with the water draining from one pool and filling the next.
The colors, as you can see, are phenomenal – mostly due to the thermophiles.
Geothermal activity is everywhere in Yellowstone. In the video below, you’ll see some steam above magical Mystic Falls.
We hit the usual Yellowstone rush hour on our way out of the park. Papa Buffalo was playing crossing guard, watching over his brood and giving us the stink eye.
Along down the road, a majestic bull elk was having a nightcap. Sounds like a good idea to me.
2 thoughts on “Yellowstone quickie: Biscuit Basin, Mystic Falls & overlook hike”
Be careful, that caldera is 50,000 years since its last blow; could happen any time in this millennium!
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Indeed, I escaped unscathed this time with a glimpse of what’s broiling beneath the mesmerizing surfaces of those pools though others have not.