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Saturday, January 09, 2021

Just after sunrise, DH, our dog, and I walked for an hour through the woods and on the dam of our local reservoir. It was invigorating! Ducks, geese, a muskrat, and lots of squirrels shared the area with us this morning. The air was a crisp 25 degrees Fahrenheit, but there was little wind. I always enjoy being outdoors.

Here is a photo from a prior winter in Yellowstone. Cross country skiing down the almost empty boardwalks with steam and geysers erupting and gurgling around you is wonderful. This is my favorite place to be in the Winter because you can literally see what is hot and what is not.

A favorite feature in the park is Black Sand geyser which sits near Daisy and is about 15 minutes off to the side away from Castle and Grotto geysers. It's not too far from the Summer Inn at Old Faithful. This particular feature is also known as Thumper because the ground rises and almost bubbles when you hear Thump, Thump, Thump. It literally moves under you. And I always get a bit nervous standing on this ground but like to feel the Earth alive below me. There is also a pool of water here that will come alive and bubble like crazy and shoot up a couple of feet at most before it goes back to simply bubbling again.

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