A Monster’s Eye View of Yellowstone

Hello there everyone! I hope you’re keeping well… Even in these – um – interesting times. But Beasties are always looking for silver linings, and all of us at Beastie Towers were cheered this week by the arrival of some pictures, presumed lost, from this little lady!
Smiley June Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesOn her way to her new home last Autumn, June Beastie took something of a roundabout route. She was photographed in lots of interesting places along the way, too. Unfortunately, a freak iPhone accident meant that the pictures never made it back to us… Until now! Not everything was saved, but we do have her holiday snaps from what must be one of the most fascinating places on Earth – Yellowstone National Park!

So let’s join her there, shall we?

And where better to start than with one of the Park’s most famous attractions – Old Faithful! She seems to have caught it at just the right moment. Wow!
June Beastie at Old Faithful, Yellowstone - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThen again, the reason this geyser is called Old Faithful is because it erupts frequently and regularly – every 90 minutes or so, to be precise.

As you probably already know, Old Faithful isn’t the only geological oddity here! Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active places in the US… And half of all the geysers and hydrothermal features in the world are found in the park. So I think we should definitely go and find some more!
Abyss Pool, Yellowstone - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, this looks much more peaceful. Where are we now?
Abyss Pool and Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Abyss Pool, on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. The still waters of this hot spring really do run deep, too… The bottom lies 16m (53 feet) below the surface. So don’t fall in, June Beastie!

Strangely, it wasn’t always so quiet here. For a short time in the late 80s and early 90s, Abyss Pool erupted regularly, jetting hot water as high as 30m (100 feet) up into the air. This was the first time in recorded history that the pool had erupted, and as of June 1992, it has completely stopped. Weird, eh?

And even the calm surface of Yellowstone Lake conceals more hot springs, geysers and fumaroles!
Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Really?”
June Beastie on the shore of Yellowstone Lake - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Hmmmm, maybe that’s what these are?”

The park is also famous for its wildlife… Huge herds of bison (or buffalo) and elk roam the plains, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a moose, bear or lynx in the forest. Look who came to greet our intrepid Beastie voyager as she enjoyed the view!
June Beastie and Mystery Guest - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesUnfortunately, our knowledge of US flora and fauna has let us down here – can anyone identify the mystery guest?

Further along, June Beastie stopped to take a look at the Yellowstone River…
Yellowstone River - R Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… And to take in a few more hot springs before the sun set.
June Beastie at the Hot Spring - R Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThose colours are quite something, aren’t they?

But the darkening sky reminded June Beastie that she had other plans…June Beastie in Yellowstone - R crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

“Is that the time? I’d better be on my way!”

Join us next week for the final part of June Beastie’s incredible journey… And if you can’t wait that long, don’t panic! We’ll be back on Friday with another Beastie blast from the past. See you then!

14 thoughts on “A Monster’s Eye View of Yellowstone

  1. Gorgeous, but all that hot water looks like a dangerous place for a woolen monster! At first I thought that might be a female elk in the photo, but after using my super ID skills (okay, zooming in), that long, goofy head has to be a moose. Or maybe it’s an elk wearing a moose costume…who knows what the animals are getting up to these days without us humans bothering them!

    1. Hahaha! I did think that when I was going through the pictures yesterday… If she took a tumble, would she come out 1/3 smaller? πŸ€”
      And cool, maybe a moose! Or something else disguised as one… That’s much more interesting than the deer I thought it was! I do love their big goofy faces. Cheers for dropping in, Tammie!

    1. Oh, you definitely should! I’d love to go again… I didn’t get to join June Beastie on this trip, but I still have great memories from my last visit, aged 10. And that was quiiiiiiiite a while ago now πŸ˜‚ Cheers for popping in, Tierney!

  2. Lovely to see June Beastie again. That was quite an adventure she had in Yellowstone Park. (Did she perhaps keep her rolling pin tucked under her arm so she would have some defence if she came across a bear? Or perhaps she planned on rolling out some pastry after the visit to the park? Just asking.)

    1. Hmmm… Those are some good reasons to keep a rolling pin handy, certainly! It’s also possible she wanted to experiment with cooking in the hot spring water… But I suspect the sulphurous aroma put that idea down pretty quickly πŸ˜‚

    1. I know! I’m sure it was fascinating for her… As long as she didn’t fall into any of the hot springs, it’s all good 😁 Cheers for joining June Beastie on her travels, Simon!

        1. Right? Lucky Beasties… I really need to start asking them to bring me along!

        2. I do! But often it turns out I’m too big to successfully travel Beastie-style πŸ˜‚

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