Our first visit to Yellowstone National Park began with the West Thumb Geyser Basin. There are beautiful hot springs pools right next to Yellowstone Lake, and it was a great way to start our Yellowstone sight-seeing.
This was our first visit to Yellowstone National Park.
We were staying south, and so we entered through the south entrance. We drove through some lovely scenery.
We missed a pull off for a nice waterfall, but we did stop and get a couple shots of Lewis Creek Canyon.
We didn't have a lot of time today, so we set our sights on the West Thumb Geyser Basin which was one of the southernmost features in Yellowstone.
We pulled in and parked not really knowing what to expect. All I can say is this half-mile boardwalk trail on the shore of Yellowstone Lake spoke to me and said "Welcome to Yellowstone".
As a kid, I had a View-Master slide viewer and one of my first and favorite slide reels was Yellowstone National Park. The thing I remembered most were the colorful clear-water hot springs pools. And right off the bat, we got to see some of those.
One of my favorites was Abyss Pool.
The photo is decent, but doesn't do it justice.
In the same area is Black Pool.
The boardwalk runs along the lake and there were brilliantly colored mineral streams running across the rocks to the lake.
There are couple of geysers right on the shore .....
although nothing was spouting while we were there.
Leaving the lakeshore, there was Bluebell Pool.
Then there was a cross-boardwalk that dissected the loop. Several more thermal pools and bubbling pots were there.
Yes, we know about all the wildlife in Yellowstone and the other scenery, but these thermal areas are what I've always thought about when picturing Yellowstone in my mind. And I was thrilled to see this nice concentration up close on our first day.
Our first taste of Yellowstone was a good one, and we're really looking forward to doing a lot more exploring of this wonderful park in the next couple of weeks.