Thermopolis - Where All That Hot Water Goes... - Wondrous Wyoming

Last week, I shared what Thermopolis Mineral Hot Spring looks like in August - quite different from the last time I featured this area in May of 2019.

This time, I'm going to show you where all that hot water goes...

First, it just flows down its natural waterway, still steaming hot (best not to touch it here... you could probably hard cook an egg in it.)

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From here, it fills a huge pool of sorts - not sure if it's very deep. Yes, the gulls are standing on it - but at the edge where it spills over.

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You can see that edge better from this angle - just before it flows over and through the cliff here, streaking it with the same minerals that decorate the edges of the spring and creek.

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Can you believe that cliff swallows love to nest in the overhang? They are plentiful here, constantly looking for insects over the Big Horn River to feed to their offspring.

Below is another outlet for the hot water. I'm not sure how closely related this one is to the main spring - or if it's fed by a different source entirely, but more mineral-rich hot water flowing into the river below. The white here is entirely mineral deposits, not froth!

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Here, the water was safe to touch - though not for the corroded quarter my youngest found in it (or did she drop it?)

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A plant I found growing nearby - between the spring and the bridge - which I'll share with you next time.

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Photos taken by myself in August 2021 with my Nikon D7200.

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Lori Svensen
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