Yesterday we woke to 35 below zero, for the second day in a row.  Yes, that’s cold, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.  There’s a reason that this area was the last place, in the Rockies, to be civilized.  This type of weather keeps the riff raff from really wanting to live here and those who are hearty enough to stick around are usually worth their salt.  Today, New Year’s, is a bit warmer with five below at high noon.  Still though, it’s too cold outside to hunt birds on the last day or venture out for the first fish of the new year.   With any luck, I’ll get out for a ski with my better half in YNP later in the day.  For now, I’ll settle to watch the English Premier League and catch up on next summer’s bookings.  The Hot Spurs have Chelsea on the ropes thus far with a 4-1 lead.

Norris Geyser Basin has become my favorite hot spot in Yellowstone.  With hardly ever a soul around, complete with geysers, hot springs and super heated steam vents, Norris has it all.  Rarely do I see anyone XC ski here, but the Back Basin is one of the best little known ski trips in YNP. The next time you come to Yellowstone National Park, skip out on Old Faithful and take some time to visit Norris Geyser Basin.