I got my geyser fix this time, without going up to Old Faithful. The active forces of West Thumb Geyser basin were in full force, on the afternoon of July 18.
At the end of the show, there remained the blowhole, with promise of more, later.
The shores of Yellowstone Lake are known for attracting grizzly bears, during times of plentiful fish. I saw none, that afternoon, but the water itself was as inviting as the grand lake’s western counterparts. Here are some scenes of West Thumb.
The northwest and far north shores of Yellowstone Lake are bisected by the mouth of the Yellowstone River.
Even here, well east of the Geyser Basin, there is geothermal activity.
Once past the lake,there were still no bears, but there is Grizzly Peak.
There are also dunes, about a dozen or so.
The North Fork of the Shoshone River formed a border, of sorts, between Yellowstone and the more arid scenes of the North Absaroka Wilderness. It was running rather shallow on that Thursday evening.
Next: The Absaroka, Buffalo Bill State Park and Cody