6:55 am - Monday - 53º F, humidity 71%, wind 5 mph out of the east....partly cloudy.....forecast high for today is 84º F.
I have been getting numerous messages from friends and readers about the earthquake swarm here in YNP the last few weeks. Officially there have been 878 earthquakes related to the super volcano that underlies all of Yellowstone National Park. Typically there are from 1,000 t0 3,000 earthquakes recorded in YNP each year. According to the USGS (United States Geological Survey) the majority of these are in the 1.0 magnitude range, but there was one 4.4 recorded, which is the largest recorded earthquake in YNP since March of 2014. We are told there is just a 1 in 730,000 chance the super volcano will erupt in the next 12 months. Neither TLE, nor I have felt any of the earthquakes. Most of them have been centered up around West Yellowstone, which is about 60 miles southwest of our current location. All that being said, if the super volcano were to erupt most of the northwest U.S. would disappear, and a large portion of the U.S. would be blanketed by volcanic ash.
Sunday morning was coolish, and I decided to take a 10 mile out and back (5 miles out and 5 miles back) bike ride north on US-89. This area is a little disorienting to me because when I think of riding 'north' I usually associate that with a gain in elevation, not a loss of elevation, but the Yellowstone here flows north, so as I ride north I am steadily losing elevation just as the river is. The terrain all appears to be high desert with a lot of scrub brush, but it is beautiful nonetheless. As I hit the 5 mile mark I came abreast of the La Duke Picnic area.......
This Campground needs a manager with people skills and Personnel skills.
Someone able to supervise and oversee the workers. The facilities are not kept up as in the past.
The family atmosphere that use to be here is gone.
So sorry we won't be returning next year."