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Getting around and doing the things in Yellowstone without blowing your caldera

So far R and I have visited almost 20 national and state parks. They are beautiful and serene and the people are lovely and the science is sublime. Yellowstone is much the same, but it's also draining. To wit, we saw more family arguments, overtired children on full meltdown, and road rage than anywhere we've been. Even I got… Continue reading Getting around and doing the things in Yellowstone without blowing your caldera

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Yellowstone, Part Three: Deadly Beauty

For the last two months we’ve borne witness to the power of water to erode. It has carved canyons, whittled towers, and exposed millions of years of Earth’s history. At Yellowstone, water partners up with volcanic ash and limestone to build remarkably beautiful and alien structures. Same source, different results Remember that huge pool of magma that sits… Continue reading Yellowstone, Part Three: Deadly Beauty

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Yellowstone, Part Two: The Buffalo…er, Bison

There were once an estimated 60 million bison in North America. They ranged from Alaska to Mexico and from California to New York. They're the largest land mammal on the continent, with no true predator save for humans. And they were EVERYWHERE. The Native Americans hunted them, and used nearly every part of the animal… Continue reading Yellowstone, Part Two: The Buffalo…er, Bison

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Yellowstone, Part One

I remember when I first learned about Pompeii. Somewhere around 20,000 people lived there and didn’t take the volcano or the earthquakes seriously until it was too late. As a kid I thought these were the dumbest, most reckless people ever. There’s a giant volcano RIGHT THERE – you don’t build your house and raise… Continue reading Yellowstone, Part One