Judy met us for coffee and we got on the road reasonably early for us. First we drove up to the top of Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace where a good photographer obliged us to take photos of the three of us. This is the lookout over the top of the terraces. You can see the hotel complex in the background on the top photo.

Upper Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

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We meandered around the upper terrace and then we went to the Artist Paintpots and then the Fountain Paintpots which was a delight in all senses. We walked the trail up and around to see the mudpots. Bloop, bloop, bloop. Sulfur smells. Crusty textures. Unexpected color.

Upper Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

Upper Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

Upper Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

Artist Paintpots. Click photo to see the video of the mudpots on Flickr

Upper Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

Artist Paintpots, Yellowstone NP

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Fountain Paintpots:

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

As artists, Judy and I were particularly drawn to the patterns and colors that the different kinds of bacteria make in the thermal pools.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Judy brought us lunch, which we had “Western style” in the parking lot of Black Sand Geyser Basin.

Okay, break for a new post.