Grant Village Uncle Toms trail and the mud volcanoes

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We're winding down now and the holiday is almost over. After our final night in Canyon Village campground we checked out and headed for our final destination in Yellowstone - Grant Village. We had deliberately not planned to do too much today and so we started the day (at about 11.30 after showers, laundry and extended wifi time) with a short journey to Uncle Tom's trail. This is a very short but steep trail down to the foot of the lower Yellowstone Falls which is the view we'd seen a couple of days ago with Jon from Artist's Point. We parked easily at the top of the trail head and, leaving Lisa in the RV the rest of us headed down the 238 steps.

There were a few people on the trail but it was but no means crowded. Two views from the stairs stuck out and made fantastic photos. The first was the obvious one from the base of the trails with the waterfall cascading down it's steep drop and creating a fine mist, like steam at the bottom. But the other one to look out for about 30-40 steps higher. Catching the falls at and angle and assuming you've got sun steaming in from the side there is a tremendous rainbow stretching the width of the picture! After a couple of encounters with bison in the road - one just in front of us who was in no hurry.

He sauntered along at his on pace, stopped, scratched and then continued is stroll until eventually, presumably realising that the humour in the RV was draining away, he stepped off the road again, barely 20 metres from where he started! Dragons Mouth Spring Our final sight seeing stop was at the mud volcanoes. It SA stiflingly hot and so we decided not to do the full walk even thought it is only about a mile. But we say the mud cauldron with is constant bubbling, the mud volcano and the dragon's mouth which made a roar and shot steam out of a mouth-like cave. Apparently it also used to shoot a jet of water reminiscent if a tongue too. Over the road we took a quick look at the sulphur pools. The smell was tremendous and not in a good way.

As I made my way back to the RV I reflected that while all of these geysers and hot pools and springs are fabulous, perhaps the most amazing fact is that they are all indications of an incredibly active volcanic region just below the surface. This is one of the most volcanic regions in the world and although it is not due to erupt for another 10,000 years the reality is that it could do at any time. Finally we reached Grant Village campground. This is even bigger than Canyon and we were even further away from the shops and showers than we had been before but nevertheless we were very happy with out spot. It was a pull through - ie no backing in and it was very close to the edge of the Yellowstone Lake.

While Kate, Callum and I refilled the RV and got supplies, Lisa and Tom spent a very happy afternoon relaxing by the waters edge. The night was clear and the stars bright as we had a final camp fire in Yellowstone. Tomorrow we have a 6 hour drive to Brigham City and our holiday is nearly at an end.