We arrived at the northern border of Yellowstone National Park in midday. After soup and salad for lunch at “Outlaw’s Pizza” in the town of Gardiner, we ventured into the park to see Mammoth Hot Springs. The first landmark was Liberty Cap, a tall stone tower with a domed top (cap), formed from a dormant spring.
As we continued up the boardwalk, we noticed hot spring water streaming gently down from the strange red and white pigmented stone faces, amidst the dead but still standing trees. Here, steam rose up from the horizon and it began to smell like sulphur. The rock formations became stranger and stranger as we came to Devil’s Thumb, a large rounded rock formation, and the Palette Springs. The rocks here looked like large paint palettes filled with pools of spring water, decorated with strange lines from mineral deposit.
We continued travelling up the boardwalk, eventually reaching a flat rocky surface that reminded me much of something from space, save for the pools of water from even more hot springs.
Further along, there were a number of more colourful springs. Trail Spring, was a distinctive red with a bright blue centre. It was also neat to look into the water since there were mineral deposits everywhere making strange patterns in the rocks and water. It was very hot here today, and even hotter with the heat of the springs.
Next we saw Canary Spring. This large pool was at the far end of the lower terrace from where we started. Here, the water was also a reddish hue, but was encased in roundish yellow rock. A waterfall also sprouted near Canary Spring, where hot steam rose up.