Basin Beach (1803.8) to Summit Lake (1825.5)
It was only a mile hike to Shoeshone Geyser basin, the valley of the geysers. A mile long section of hot springs, geysers and thermal activity. A combination of a cold morning and thermal activity produced a dramatic scene. Hollywood dreams up landscapes like this.
Alone I walked through the valley of the geysers. Rounding a corner a small geyser erupted only a meter from the trail. In the distance and nearby were geysers, hot springs and mud springs. I felt like I was in a grown ups version discovery channel. I wanted to linger, I did linger. I also promised myself that one day soon I will return to explore this area further. In fact I want to explore all of Wyoming further. It has been amazing.
The rest of the trail to Old Faithful Village was lacklustre in comparison. Lucky caught up to me. We chatted and caught up on the latest trail talk. Turns out he saw a grizzly bear 10 miles out of the town of Lander. That’s on the south side of the Wind River range. Almost part of the Great Basin. Grizzly Bears have been the talk of the trail this year. Seems almost every hiker has a story or encounter. To my knowledge that’s the furthest south a grizzly bear has known to travel in USA.
Old Faithful Village was not my favourite place. I’m not a fan of the kind of tourism that crowds thousands of people in one place. In fact I watched the eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Some people may not know that the times of the eruptions are predicted, and fairly accurate. I found the whole thing and the whole place overwhelming. I guess that why I prefer the backcountry hiking and discovery of smaller geysers.
It was another hiker reunion at Old Faithful village. I finished the PCT last year 15 minutes behind a hiker called ‘You Again’. We met again at the village. I also met up with ‘Wildfeather’. I hadn’t seen her since Pie Town, 1500 miles ago in New Mexico.
I received some packages at the post office. I finally got new shoes, very well needed. And I received a care package from Christina. She is living in Alaska and sent me my most favourite beer in the world, Alaska Pale Ale. Thanks Christina.
Late afternoon we set off for our final night in Yellowstone at Summit Lake. Maybe 10 thru hikers were there. Both northbounders and southbounders.