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.
I’m sharing this post with Rural Thursdays and This or That Thursdays  and Thursdays Favorite Things Hop – won’t you come join us?

Categories: Daily life, Family Fun, J, kids, Outdoors, Photography, Rural Thursdays, This and That Thursdays, Yellowstone | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “THIS OR THAT THURSDAY – THE BOILING RIVER (9/20/12)

  1. That sounds so neat. I’d love to go there someday!

  2. Mitzi

    What a wonderful way to spend time. The photos are awesome as always. I know I was at Yellowstone when I was a wee child, but never as an adult. Thanks for sharing with us. ~Hugs

  3. Love the last one of your boy…. the one with just his face sticking out of the water.

  4. What a lovely area! It looks like something from a movie. And what a good way to spend a day!

  5. I could so stay in that water for hours! Love the image of the elk as well. Fabulous.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo

  6. Celine

    What a great place to refresh!! The view is amazing!

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