I have read quite a bit about it but had never been there. We spent a week driving the Tesla from Denver to the first National Park in the world.
Looking across the caldera that measures something like 30x40 miles, you notice the distinct lack of mountains here in the Rockies, because volcanoes build mountains, but super volcanos erase them.
Here is a nice shot of the caldera rim at the west side of the park.
Here is a picture of the signature basalt lava that cooled slowly enough to form a crystalline structure.
No picture, but there is a feature called obsidian cliff, which is what happens when the cooling is quick - volcanic glass.
Here we discovered the reason for the traffic jam we were in for 20 minutes…
No one including me had ever been within 10 feet of what is pound for pound, the strongest animal on Earth, and I couldn’t fault anyone for needing to pause to get a shot.
An icon of the park that exceeds 300 feet.
Another icon, on the only bad weather day we had (first snow I’d seen this year). This is between eruptions. Not as “faithful” as it has been historically because one of the many small earthquakes changed the “plumbing” of the geyser. It takes just the right configuration of the vent to restrict venting, allowing pressure to build -
until the “cooler” water that caps the vent is overcome so pressure is released and the reservoir beneath flashes to steam…
On the way home I really wanted to see Dinosaur National Monument…
It was great, and the Tesla was flawless.