Sunday, August 22, 2010
|Back inside the museum. The jail gate on the left is made of wrought iron and was used at the jail in Armstead about 1907. It took four men to lift it. On the right is a cell door from the old Dillon jail used around 1886.|
|This is Beaverhead County's first flush-toilet outhouse and is located just outside the main part of the museum.|
Saturday, August 21, 2010
|This is what is called an Earth Cache and is mainly an informational stop instead of an actual container type cache.|
|Earthquake Lake was formed when half a mountain let loose. You can see the scarring on the mountain at the far end of the lake.|
|A closer view of the half of the mountain that was left.|
|We left West Yellowstone today and headed for Dillon, MT. In addition to seeing the lake and the mountain changed forever by the 1959 earthquake, we saw a section of the road that looks like it was painted on a really windy day.|
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The two closeups of the bison were shot from our truck. They were laying right along the road. The first buffalo caused a LONG traffic pile up. The mule deer was right near the Dragon Cave and the bison in the last photo were across the road from the cave. We walked down a path to get the photo, but the bison were across the river from us. Our friends saw one idiot get within 12' of a bison so he could get a photo. He was lucky that was all he got.
Things don't stay the same very long at Yellowstone. This steam vent is at the end of the parking lot where we parked! New hazards can bubble up overnight and there is no way to predict if the ground that was safe to walk on yesterday is going to be safe today. Some pools are acidic and can burn through boots. More than a dozen people have been scalded to death and hundreds have been burned and badly scarred. It's a good idea to stay on the boardwalk!
This is such a cool place. I shot a bit of video but could not capture the rumbling, growling sounds coming out of the cave. The sound is caused by steam and other gases exploding through the water and forcing the water to rush into hidden caverns inside the cave. Every now and then, water will boil out of the entrance, (the dragon's tongue) but not nearly so vigorously as it did back before 1994 when the water would splash all the way to the boardwalk.