Something we were looking forward to during our visit to this area was the chance to meet blog friends Paul and Marsha Weaver. The Weavers have been full timing in their motor home for a year longer than us and we have been reading about their travels in their blog Where’s Weaver the entire time. When Pam began commenting on their blog, Marsha began reading and commenting on ours. The two girls then began emailing back and forth often and an online friendship developed. Paul and Marsha are both former educators (from Ohio) and have two grown children, so we have a great deal in common. They were parked in Livingston, MT 50 miles north of us, so we both wanted to take advantage of that and meet. The Weavers searched the area and found a nice restaurant/bar about half way between our locations. Sunday afternoon we met and spent over three hours talking as if we were long time friends.The next day the Weavers headed for South Dakota, while we continued our exploration of Yellowstone. We loved visiting with them and hope to see them again somewhere in our travels.
The next morning we rose early and drove across the northern tier of the park, out the northeast entrance, and into the tiny town of Cooke City, where we had a nice breakfast. We saw some great scenery and a few (but not as many as we wanted) animals.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of terraced hot springs next to where we enter Yellowstone at the northwest gate. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution).
As the hot water spills over the edge, it deposits the calcium carbonate on the side of the built up hill.
The effect gives the appearance of snow on the side of a hill.
Tomorrow we don our hiking gear and head out to climb the 10,243 foot Mt. Washburn. OK, maybe a 3-5 mile hike up into the high country. More on that later . . .