Winter in Yellowstone

So a couple of weekends ago I finally got the chance to head to Yellowstone again. I was hoping for some snow, and even packed my snowshoes. Unfortunately I got there a little two late to be getting any use out of said snowshoes, but I got to see some pretty snow covered mountains along the way.

Unfortunately only a tiny part of yellowstone was open at this time. I spent a lot of time hiking around the mammoth hot springs again. This time I went I hiked all around the formations.

 I really like mockingbirds. They just look so cool.

After hiking all around the springs, I tried to look for more hiking trails. But there really weren’t any more in the open section of Yellowstone. I took a few more river pictures.

So I decided to head back, but first stopped for a dip in the boiling river. This spot in the Gardner River (Not to be confused with Gardiner the town. More on that later.) gets runoff from a small river stemming from an underground hot vent. This water often exceeds boiling temperatures, and would burn you severely if you decided to take a dip. However this boiling river runs into the Gardner River, turning the frigid glacial river into something a little more pleasant to soak in. The one downside to this spot is that it’s impossible to find a spot that remains a seemingly even temperature. If you are not close enough to the heat, you often get washed with freezing water on one side. But if you get closer to the heat you often get washed with extremely hot water. I relaxed for about half an hour in the river, until a large group of kids came over and started splashing around in the water, and a group of young adults came to dunk obviously intoxicated (one got way too close to the boiling river run off and scalded his leg. Listening to him complain about how hot the water was amusing. You thing the name Boiling River would have given him a clue).

And last fun fact about Gardner and Gardiner. The Gardner River was named in 1830 for Johnson Gardener an illiterate trapper. Maps after 1870 show an i in the river’s name due to a mispronouciation. It was reverted back to it’s original spelling in 1959. However during this time the town of Gardiner sprung up around the river, taking the river’s name as it’s own. For whatever reason town officials have never bothered to change it back to the original name of the river.

Thats all for now folks.

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