I'm kind of doing this in reverse order, but I just really wanted to share these photos of Mammoth Springs. We hiked around the springs pretty early, arriving around 8:30 in the morning. It was so nice to be able to take in the view without the surrounding crowds that hit these spots in the park during midday. We also went without the kids, who were seriously pooped after several days of walking around in the rain. I'm glad we didn't pass this area by though. It was different than anything else we saw in Yellowstone. The naturally formed travertine terraces were streaked with wonderful rusty orange hues. The smoking sulphur smell had ceased to affect me at this point. With bubbling mud calderas and boiling hot springs everywhere, its easy to become acclimatized. Their plumes of smoke made the landscape even more ethereal. Truly, it was like being on another planet. And as an extra bonus, they seemed to add a little warmth to the chilly air. Hope you enjoy seeing a bit of what we saw that morning. It's an incredible earth we live on.