In 1872, Yellowstone became a National Park, in large part because of the amazing thermal features it contains. At that time, little was known about the behavior of geysers and hot springs and today more is known, but much more is still unknown. The information is scattered and everyone who visits has piece of that information. This is a place to learn, to share and gather together the scattered bits.


What’s up with the white stuff?

Last weekend while spending time on Geyser Hill, I noticed something odd. Quite a few features have turned white where they previously had fairly rich microbe growth in their overflow channels. I assumed it was just a heating up that killed off the microbes, but then...

First Visit of the Season

Just a heads up – this trip report somewhat overlaps the nature trip report posted on my other blog, Field Journaling. Trip Report from 21 April 2014 Yellowstone opened for the summer season on April 18 this year, and I told myself I’d wait for the east...

Yellowstone’s summer season begins today

Much of Yellowstone opens on this gray and wet day today. However, a report from geyser gazer, Will Boekel has let us know most of the Upper Geyser Basin boardwalks are closed due to bear activity – and carcasses in the area. He also reports they may try to open...

A whole lot of shaking going on

The past week or so has seen a huge increase in the worrying about Yellowstone. I’ve been busy getting settled here in Cody, and actually laughed out loud about the animals all running from the park. News of Yellowstone’s demise is greatly exaggerated. It...

Yellowstone Plowing Progress

Each Friday, the Park Service says they’ll be updating the progress on the plowing of the park. Here’s today’s update: We could tell yesterday they made it to Old Faithful because the seismograph there picks up the plowing activity – and shows...

GIANTESS is erupting!

The eruption started at 1455 today – and eruptions from Giantess can last a day to a day and a half including any concluding steam phase that might happen. The last eruption of Giantess was 13 Sept 2011. You can watch online here for just the streaming cam...

When Will the Supervolcano Blow?

Wondering if it’s safe to visit Yellowstone? Wondering if it will explode just like the movie? (You know movies are always 100% accurate – right?) Personally, I’m not worried. In fact, I plan to move with my husband to the east side of the volcano in...

Geyser Watch 2014 | Week 2

Week 2: 6-12 Jan 2014 This week started off with a bang – a 3.5 earthquake located west of Norris Geyer Basin on Monday. And, a 3.4 earthquake showed up on Saturday, the 11th. This one was located North East of Norris. No observations from Norris were submitted...

Week in Review: 1-5 Jan 2014

In all of the documentation I do, I’ve gotten into the habit of creating weekly reviews as much as possible. It just helps to keep track of things and makes it easier to find information in my field journals. This year, it’s time to add in the Geysers to...

Time to wake up this blog

It’s a new year and a there’s a lot happening. I had a few too many irons in the fire last year and Dad’s passing didn’t help. But everything has shifted and soon my husband and I will be living MUCH closer to the geysers – in the Cody...

Amazing views with the new web cams!

Stunning to turn on the computer, bring up the page and be met with such beauty! Thank you, Canon, YPF & all that keep them up and running! Check them all out...

North Goggles Geyser has minor eruptions

North Goggles Geyser, located to the ‘right’ of Lion Geyser, sprang back to life yesterday with six minor eruptions. Generally a rare performer, it was active last year for a short while. Minor eruptions reach as tall as 5-8 feet high and last just a few...

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