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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Anemone is a really cute geyser because it's pretty, erupts every 7-10 minutes, and drains in a swirl like a toilet. Little kids love it. It only gets about six feet high and you can stand right next to it on the boardwalk. I always stop and wait for it when I pass by because I can't get enough of its cuteness. And then there are thrilling things happening at the mud pots all the time. I REALLY can't get enough of the mud pots.
Back in the day I attended this Young Single Adult Ward at Church. That's where I met the Hirsch Boys and the Sanders Boys. I'm not sure why I became friends with all those guys...maybe it's because some of them were my home teachers, but at any rate, we're still friends. When Jeff married Rina our friendship became dormant, which is only good and right. I did call him up once to tell him I was engaged and he asked me what my fiance did for a living. When I told him he was a park ranger, Jeff said, "Ah, that's just perfect for ya, Jod." I'm pretty sure I met Rina before they were properly engaged and I remember that she gave me a gift at the time. Well, she's been giving me gifts ever since! Whether we visit them in Phoenix or they visit us in Yellowstone, the girl is always showing up with presents! I think it may be her Love Language. I'm so glad Rina reached out to me on Facebook several years ago. We reconnected in person in January of 2014 when they were visiting family in Utah. That's the first time they met Ken and the first time I met their children. We're not in touch all of the time, but "lately" we've seen each other more often and it was a pleasure to spend a day in the park with them. Their children are funny, brilliant, and beautiful. Because of the nature of Jeff's work (and Ken's work), I've actually been able to spend more time with Rina and the kids. She is so nice!
They got to go on Ken's Geyser Hill Walk before they left the park. I hope they'll come play with us again.
We visited a Ghost Town called Granite near Phillipsburg, Montana and we had a lot of fun walking around and exploring. The one scene is what's left of Miner's Hall. The Superintendent's House was very cool and mostly intact. For a good half hour we had the place to ourselves and then others started showing up. We had lunch "in" the Catholic Church.
Lest anyone mistake my posts...I am not a photographer, so please don't ever think I'm boasting about my photos--I just post because I think they're pretty or they remind me of a fun time somewhere with my husband. For some reason, I have a thing for thistles and yet...they are so nastily invasive, I shouldn't post photos. Sigh.
Our 2007 Toyota RAV 4 has really served us well, all 263,000 miles of its life! We found the little campground called Potossi and it was perfect! We set our tent up next to South Willow Creek and made fajitas in the cast iron over the fire. The fireweed were full of fuzzy bees and we just talked and read while waiting for dinner to cook. In the morning, we forded the creek in our vehicle to find the unsigned trailhead to the hot spring. We hiked to the hot spring and had a great little soak while watching some juvenile golden eagles take hunting lessons. We had the entire camping cul-de-sac to ourselves, the trail to ourselves, and the hot springs to ourselves. This is the life! All free. All fun. It may not be as perfect next time, but I hope to camp at Potossi in the Tobacco Root Mountains of Montana again!
We were headed back into the park after a fun weekend when this grizzly had the decency to grace us with its presence, sunset spotlight and all.
We went to watch Grand Geyser on the full moon and the whole UGB was glory. I often don't take actual pictures of actual eruptions because they are too fantastic to watch and I can't get the whole thing in my camera anyway. So I just enjoy. Grand Geyser is truly spectacular. I would try to get to that one if I were you.