Yellowstone July 16

The day started early – very early – and violently. At around midnight thunder booms, lightning bolts and heavy rain pounded us for about an hour. Our tent held out but Aidan and Kieran’s took on some water. Sleeping bags were dried out during the day.

We drove to Mammoth Hot Springs in the northwest section of the park. A coyote accompanied us for a while and trotted alongside the car. The multi-colored hot spring terraces are magnificent. Canary Spring was our favorite.

Pedestrians have to stay on boardwalks as the hydrothermal areas can be as hot as 160° F.

A picnic lunch was served by our award-winning chef on a park bench under a shady tree on a green grass lawn with a squadron of ground squirrels providing entertainment.