Day 13: The upper terraces

An active hot spring staining the white calcium carbonate orange.

An active hot spring staining the white calcium carbonate orange.

We drive the upper terraces above the springs, taking in a closer view without the need for hiking – like other parks, you either need a lot of time, or need to be physically fit to walk all the trails, elevated pathways or stairs. From the fist stop we can see the Mammoth Springs, a vast white plain of bone-white mineral deposits, stained here and there by bacteria that adds color to the otherwise bleak environment. One huge mound we pass is still active, and we get a closer view of it bubbling off the top of it’s orange-shaded mound, next to a larger white mound that is as large as a house.

We return to the main road and drive onwards, pausing here and there to take in the sights, from lofty overlooks to the lonely buffalo in the field, or the single mountain sheep that appears as a white dot on the towering mountains high above.

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