Broken Knees and Sightseeing


Well I’ve done it again. I blew out my other knee during closing weekend at Bridger Bowl. With a torn MCL, ACL, and meniscus my ski season is effectively over. Sorry about minimal posts but with persistent, deep instability I stuck mostly to skiing inbounds at Bridger. I did sneak out for a nice tour on Elephant Head a week before ending my season.

Touring to the top of Elephant Head Peak

I have however, been able to hobble around Yellowstone National Park and take some photographs.

Porcelain Basin in the Norris Geyser Basin.

Hot Springs outlet channels can be otherworldly.

Another shot of Porcelain Basin

Opposing colors in two hot springs.

Cyanobacteria in a hot springs outlet channel.

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.

A wolf on the hunt. This was one of the coolest moments I have ever experienced in Yellowstone.

Trout Lake with Druid Peak looming above.

A coyote hoping to catch some lunch?

Grizzly bears in the distance.

Sandhill Cranes

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More Yellowstone!


My last post about Yellowstone turned out to be quite popular. So here is some more Yellowstone National Park action!

All the way back in May my mother came up to Bozeman and we spent a day in the Park with my older brother who was doing geothermal research. We got to get up and close to some features in Mammoth and learn all sorts of fun facts.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

This hot spring is off the beaten path and I think is a fairly new spring.

This hot spring is off the beaten path and I think is a fairly new spring.

Narrow Gauge hot spring used to be fairly small, but in the last ten years or so really started spewing water. Here you can see terraces forming around trees.

Narrow Gauge hot spring used to be fairly small, but in the last ten years or so really started spewing water. Here you can see terraces forming around trees.

Narrow Gauge hot spring, near Mammoth hot springs.

Narrow Gauge hot spring, near Mammoth hot springs.

A little black bear taking a nap.

A little black bear taking a nap.

Then this last weekend I headed to Yellowstone one last time for the year. Only the Gardiner to Cooke City road was open, but we still drove to Cooke City then hit the boiling river.

Pretty cool falls that I had never stopped at before. Don't know their name either.

Pretty cool falls that I had never stopped at before. Don't know their name either.

Abiathar Peak. Yes this face is skiable, and yes I want to make an attempt this winter.

Abiathar Peak. Yes this face is skiable, and yes I want to make an attempt this winter.

Lamar Valley looking back towards the Absaroka Mountains.

Lamar Valley looking back towards the Absaroka Mountains.