Some are more practical than others. I buy socks. I claim they have a function, but do I really need more socks than I can wear in the week between washings? Craig's drawers are starting to fill up with t-shirts. Is he really buying a shirt as a needed garment? Or as a part of his collection?
Why do we buy this stuff? I think we really trying to capture and possess a time, place or experience. We as a species are collectors, and we want to surround ourselves with tokens that will remind us of good times.
Nothing wrong with that. Besides it keeps the Chinese factories busy.
This blog is my way of trying to save the memories. Someday, when we are off the road I will be able to look back and remember some of the best days of my life. One of the nice things about blogging is it doesn't take drawer space.
With that in mind, Wednesday was another good day.
Mike and Sandy, fellow bloggers, joined us at Valley View RV park. We were able to play Yellowstone tour guides for the day, just as our new Alfa friends, Betty and Joe, had done for us the week before.
Our day both started and ended with stormy conditions, but we were very lucky to have a period of excellent sunny weather long enough to see a few highlights of the park.
We had an unremarkable lunch at the lodge cafeteria, and saw a pretty good eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Much better than our experience in the rain a few days earlier!
Then we drove over to Firehole River Drive and were lucky enough to see an eruption of Grand Fountain Geyser:
Grand Fountain Geyser has a very large, slightly terraced runoff pool. The vent is large and although the height of the eruptions is not as high as some, the hot water splashes quite far and with enough volume to spill over the pool.
Notice how white and fluffy the clouds are in the picture above.
The next picture was taken about ten minutes later, at White Dome Geyser which is only about a quarter mile away!
|This is my favorite picture we have taken at Yellowstone.|
By the time we drove another quarter mile to the Fountain Paint Pots, a very cold wind came up and we knew our tourist day was just about ended. Mike wanted to show Sandy a mud pot, and there was one at that location. By the time we reached it, the rain started and the few pictures we took were not very good, so I lifted this one from the web:
|Photo from Web, Taken by Rick|
We know we will see them again, probably at the Quartzsite Blogger meet in January, but until then we hope they have a smooth and safe drive where ever they go.
Life is good.