While in Yellowstone last weekend, we went to the boiling river, which is the spot where this hot spring emerges from the ground and pours into the Gardener River. The hot water travels underground from the Mammoth Hot Springs, which are a few miles up the road, and spills out about 25 yards from the river.
We had heard of this spot but never visited before. Apparently when the water comes out of the hole it is at least 212 degrees, thus the name “the Boiling River.” Fortunately, the Gardener River is quite cold, so when the two mix the temps are perfect for getting in and enjoying.
All these folks in the photos are from our Bible Study Group. We’ve been meeting with them weekly for several years, and some of us have Bible studied together for eight years or so.
By the way, J got a haircut yesterday, so his mop doesn’t look quite so “moppy” right now. Thought that might bring some relief to those who were concerned about his ability to see where he is going.
Yours truly even put on a bathing suit for this event, but I did stay behind the camera, so you won’t get to see that sorry sight.
We all had a great time!
Some stayed right where it was super warm as the waters connected. I did not get in that close because I thought it was risky enough to be wading in the water with my camera in hand – didn’t want any splashes to get me or the camera wet.
Others (like J) got in as thoroughly as possible.
We were in the upper pool, and just down the river were many folks we didn’t know enjoying the larger lower pool.
And up river from us were these ladies, doing their best to ignore us. They stayed in the cold fresh water, didn’t seem interested in the hot water at all.
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