Would you believe I didn't visit Fountain Paint Pot once last year? Every time I drove by, it looked too crowded and I'd tell myself: "next time" but today I wanted a laid-back Sunday in the park (I had Tuesday-Wednesday off this week) and so I gave it a go. It's a nice little geyser basin with an example of every one of the four main thermal features in Yellowstone: hot springs, geysers, mud pots, and fumaroles (steam vents). I also caught part of Great Fountain Geyser's eruption and got to see White Dome Geyser go off (pic 3). Overall, a nice weekend ender.
I was reminded on Firehole Lake Drive why I hate visiting geyser basins though, since I had to yell at three grown adults who were walking on a thermal area with an obvious sign saying not to do so in their direct field of view. People, if the crust beneath your feet is literally STEAMING, maybe you should heed the signs that are posted everywhere? Just... maybe? I hate people, sometimes.
Not you guys though, you guys are cool.