Today we took the Northern Route around Yellowstone National Park. It is quite interesting to see how the terrain changes throughout the park. The northern route took us through mountain areas reaching altitudes of almost 9,000 feet, to lush grasslands at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. This route also goes to Mammoth Hot Springs, a very popular area to visit.
The Northern Route also goes to Mammoth Hot Springs which is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate. The brilliant patches and streaks of browns, yellows and greens covering the hill offer a mosaic of brilliant color.
We had a very nice picnic lunch in Mammoth overlooking the colorful hills of travertine and the town of Mammoth. After lunch, we proceeded on our journey through the Northern Route. We crossed the 45th Parallel of Latitude, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. We also crossed the Continental Divide at a little under 9,000 feet. Overall, this was a very scenic tour filled with wonderful adventure at every turn, mountain pass and hidden valley. Total miles traveled today: 108