August 26, 1996

Day 12 - Sight-seeing in Lower Geyser Basin


"We remained here a little over a day, visiting the geysers, paint pots, pools, etc. of the Lower Basin, as this region is called. One of the most interesting sights seen was Firehole Lake. From the very depths of one end of the lake are always ascending large bubbles of hot air of a bluish sulphur color, appearing like beautiful flames.
Another leading feature in this basin is the Great Fountain Geyser. This geyser in action is a sublime spectacle, indeed a furious boiling, a rumbling, awe-inspiring noise and then an enormous volume of seething water and steam shoots up a hundred feet or more into the air! The eruptions, like so many mighty convulsions, follow one another for an hour and a half, at first in rapid succession and then more slowly.
A view into the throat of this monstrous geyser does indeed remind one of that nether region whose popular name begins with "h" and rhymes with "well."

- Lt. James A. Moss, Military Cycling in the Rocky Mountains, pg. 31

"Left the next morning at 8:30 for the Grand Canyong. Reached Lake View Hotel 11:50. Stopped here 1 hour. Took picture of a bear on a bicycle. Reached Government shack 1 mile this side Grand Canyon Hotel, at 3 P.M.. "
- Report from Lt. Moss to Adjutant General, Oct. 10, 1896 [National Archives, R.G. 94 Box 346 46363-46575]

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