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One of my greatest passion in the natural world is Yellowstone National Park. I have been going there regularly since I was 2 (that was in 1953). I try to make a minimum of two trips each year, and have visited in the spring,summer, fall and winter. My area of real joy is studying and observing the geysers, primarily in the upper geyser basin near Old Faithful. I belong to a group called GOSA (the Geyser Observation and Study Association) which has around 400 members. I have also acquired a passion for park's history. I do love this park and if I can help make a families time there more fun and a greater learning experience I would love to do that. I don't know of any other place where you can enjoy the geothermal wonders, the lakes, the Canyon, and the wildlife as you can in Yellowstone.

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I am a founding member of both the Committee to Preserve Our Yellowstone Heritage, a group committed to preserving habitat and affordable accomodations. I am also a charter member of The Geyser Observation and Study Association (GOSA). This added to my years of study and enjoyment give me a solid base from which to share what I have learned over the years.


I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Administration.

What do you like about this subject?

I've been a regular visitor to Yellowstone since I was 2 (1953 was my first visit). I now make 2 to 4 trips a year from my home in Colorado to be refreshed and energised by Yellowstones' geothermal wonders. It is a very remarkable corner of the world...and has become a very special place to me.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Even though I travel to Yellowstone every year, I have found the changes that take place with each visit most fascinating...I call it Living Geology. I also enjoy sharing my love and enjoyment with Yellowstone with anyone who has a willing ear. It is hard to describe how this hobby has changed my life for the better. It helps me keep things in perspective; it calms my soul.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When people think of geysers, they think of Old Faithful (OF). What most people don't realize is that in the Upper Geyser Basin, where OF is located, that there are at least 10 other "major" geysers, many of which erupt higher than OF. There are also scores of smaller geysers and beautiful hot pools which add to my fascination of the park.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Yellowstone National Park is the center of many ongoing issues like fire supression, wolves, havesting of life forms from the hot pools, winter access and protecting the geothermal wonders from those who want to tap into these geothermal waters to produce power; every time geothermal wells have been drilled within 10 miles of a geyser field the geysers have been badly damaged or destroyed.

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2012-07-01 Yellowstone Park:

Hi Katie...happy 4th.  Sorry about my delayed response, we were away on vacation.    The drive from Cheyenne to Yellowstone is about 9.5 hours.  If you do not already have reservations in Yellowstone you

2012-04-29 YNP - staying in West Yellowstone:

Hi Mary:    Sorry about my delayed answer, I was out of town.      You have picked a beautiful time of the year to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  I would first recommend buying a copy of Janet Chapple's

2011-07-21 Yellowstone 2,5 days with 10 @ 11 yrs old:

Hi Catherine:    You are going to some wonderful Parks.  In Yellowstone the geysers are what makes it such a special place.  I would recommend you take the early morning ranger walk at Old Faithful and

2011-07-14 4 days yelloowstone trip with 3 month baby:

Hi Shuiquan:    I have taken all three of my children to the park as infants and they got along just fine.  I am not a Dr. but the sulfur is in such small amounts shouldn't have any effect on your son

2011-05-25 8 day Yellowstone / Teton Itinerary:

Hi Greg:    You have really done your homework.  Plan to be on the road as early as possible each morning...before 7 AM if you can.  The traffic is much lighter and you will have less time in the car.


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