Best Sights of Yellowstone

We all have our own reasons for loving the park, and rating natural phenomena is subjective. Still, it may be helpful to the first-time visitor to point out some outstanding features. In this list, I’ve arranged the features by type, and, within each type, in order of appearance in the Road Logs of this guide.

I’ve only included predictable geysers, although this excludes many thrilling ones. All geysers in the list below are in Upper Geyser Basin except Great Fountain Geyser, which is on Firehole Lake Drive in Lower Geyser Basin.

Ratings: Don’t miss! Worth making time for or taking a detour.

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I had never before carried out such a filthy task until my second job. My second job was to connect a fire hose to the main water ring and hose out the shore toilet, which had become blocked up by huge Germans dockers crapping and then stuffing too much paper down the bowl. It was foul, I felt my throat thrunge as I opened the door and a nauseous wave of German arse gas blasted out. The bowl was overflowing, turds on the floor in heaps. I signalled to Starling to turn on the water. It came out with a rush, blasting shit and paper everywhere, mostly over me. I couldn’t control the hose and it bucked up and down with me on the end, being flung around like a marionette before ending up in the side-scuppers, soaked through and covered with lumps of turd and scraps of soggy paper. The sailors working nearby screamed with laughter, as did the third mate and the lookout, who were watching from the bridge. People were called out to see the spectacle and I was aware of a gathering crowd, rocking with laughter as I sat miserably in the scuppers, picking bits of German shit off me. My third job was to take temperatures of the 21 oil tanks that remained full, to make sure the right settings were applied to the internal heating coils, to keep the oil at the right temperature for its particular viscosity.

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