Saturday, January 5, 2013


   Though a new year has begun I feel that it's just a continuation of my daily life. Years back each new year gave me a sensation of newness but now I find that has past. Now I have to be content with each day as a new beginning. Aging altered my perspective and sense of time. It has odd effects on my way of seeing things both literally and figuratively.
   On Thursday I was watching a documentary put out by the CBC's DocZone. The broadcast was about volcanoes and their effect on our earth. But what grabbed my attention was that Yellowstone is an area that has been keenly watched for the longest time. There's even a website created just to follow its daily status. 
   Many go to Yellowstone National Park dedicated to the area in 1872. I have seen some great photos taken by visitors. Yet I don't recall much reference to the fact that the area is actually the site of a type of a volcano. Instead I hear it's an area of geysers, Old Faithful being a very popular one. The park is said to be open for visitation all year. However, there's only one entrance open during wintertime, the northern one via Montana. I doubt I shall be visiting the place. It seems a bit beyond what Buddy and I could manage. 
   Still I am curious. And this documentary gave me many glimpses. It set forth some proposals of what might occur if an eruption does happen. It was very fascinating to learn how much research is ongoing. It also showed what dangers come with any eruption in the world and how the ash affects so much. It can change the face of our earth as we know it. Could we ever devise a means to survive a major eruption?
   Next time I hear about Yellowstone I shall recall some of this. How about you? Have you visited? Are you a geyser lover? Are you aware of the volcano watch? 


  1. Hope you'll be able to make the trip. Myself have never been there. Did get as far as Custer Battlefield in Montana.

    Daughters elbow and wrist are slowly healing. She will have to postpone this next semester of RN classes, and start later, around Aug. She would have been graduating in May 2013, now it will be Dec. 2013. But she needs a rest, working full time and going to school full time. I'm just wanting her wrist and elbow she broke when she fell, to heal properly.

    We had some snow the day after Christmas and it's still sticking around.

    Have to go, have a good week coming up. Week-end will be over before we realize it.

  2. I have been to Yellowstone several times although it's been a few years since my last trip. It is a gorgeous park filled with amazing scenery, breathtaking views and majestic wildlife. It is well worth the trip if you and Buddy are ever able to visit.

  3. Happy New Year Heidi! Your post and comments about aging and perspectives on the New Year remind me of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, I used the other day on my blog "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." As I age, I am more thankful for each new day and the opportunities it provides.

    I haven't visited Yellowstone myself but is a place that has long fascinated me. As a child I really wanted to see geysers. Instead I went half way around the world and saw my first geyser at Rotorua, NZ. Some day I may yet get to Yellowstone.

  4. I am VERY aware of it. I live close to Yellowstone but not as close as when I lived in Bozeman. We are all well aware of it. I was surprised at something I just heard. My girlfriend said her son was going hunting. I wasn't aware of anything in season now. She said he's going buffalo hunting. I guess once a year they allow 40 license for hunters to shoot a buffalo when and if the herd comes outside the park. They do that for herd selection I guess. That is a lot of meat. I wonder if he got one.

  5. Never been to Yellowstone, but would love to one day. I also was not aware of the activity surrounding the volcano or what would happen if it actually erupted.
    Happy New Year. Hope you do get there some day.

  6. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for writing me! Age has set me back a bit, but I am still here, unhappy with electronics etc, but that isn't new. I am writing now and spend most of my time doing that as I can do little else. I love it!

    Have been to see the geyser twice in Yellowstone, the second time I was disappointed, it didn't do much. Still enjoyed the boiling springs though (except for the smell).

    Have a great year!
    XXX Sharon

  7. I have seen some interesting documentaries on Yellowstone. It must be a fascinating place with the earth’s geology very near the surface.

    As for great change at the beginning of a new year, I can’t say that I believe in it. It is a pretty arbitrary event and life goes on much as it always has. If we think we can effect great change, we only kid ourselves.

  8. I have visited Yellowstone and I was not aware of the volcano watch. Now that you say it, it does make sense. I know I was creeped out little around those geysers.

  9. Yellowstone would definitely be on my bucket list! I have always wanted to visit there and to see the Grand Canyon!

  10. I think I have been to Yellowstone three times, and each time a glorious adventure. Yes, Yellowstone is not simply a potential volcano, but what they classify as a Super Volcano -- which I think means that it has an ocean of magma boiling beneath it. It is my understanding that it is overdue to erupt, and when (and if) it does it will be a doozy -- actually screwing a large part of the United States. (I just hope that the case is over stated.)

  11. I have only saw Yellow Stone on television and in photos, I would love to visit, thanks for sharing this!

  12. I have been to Yellowstone, and it is breathtaking. Truly. It's one of those places, so grand in scale, that it's quite possible to just stand there, mouth open. Gives you goosepimples.


  13. Dear Heidrun, I've never been to Yellowstone, but I've always wanted to go there. Way back in the early 1950s, a friend of mine worked there during the summer between his junior and senior years in high school. He came back with such wonderful photographs and stories.

    As to the new year, as I age, I, too, find it mostly just another day. Throughout the year I try to set new goals for myself as I see a need. Right now I'm trying to establish a blogging schedule so that I visit blogs daily instead of so haphazardly. I hope all is well with you and Buddy and your family. Peace.

  14. Hi there! I visited Yellowstone last year with my husband. We saw all the geysers and hot springs, which were amazing. Who knows when that volcano will blow up and take half the earth with it!
    But, the best part of the place is it's bountiful wildlife! If you're a bear or moose worshiper, this is an amazing place!!

  15. Hi so glad to see you on my blog and yes I've been to Yellowstone... just a knockout! here's my post

    I see you are in Canada... I also went to Glacier and wanted to go on into Canada and to Alaska ... but didn't have a passport! boo hiss

    I would love to go one of these days!

  16. I visited Yellowstone when I was about nine years old. I loved Old Faithful, and I especially adored the mud pots. lol

    I would like to go back to Yellowstone for a visit as an adult. I'd like to see if it is as magical as I remember.