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Mount Moran, reflected in the waters of Jackson Lake, from Colton Bay.

Mount Moran, reflected in the waters of Jackson Lake, from Colton Bay.

Joining this year’s Nurturing Faith Experience in Yellowstone and the Tetons has been quite the experience so far, with an unexpected arctic blast that brought July temperatures into the 30s, but failed to put a chill on the camaraderie among our 19 travelers.

This flowing stream, colored by bacteria, is one of the many thermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs.

This flowing stream, colored by bacteria, is one of the many thermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs.

It’s hard to imagine visiting these parks without taking lots of pictures in hopes of bringing home memories of the majestic vistas, impressive thermal features, and signature wildlife — but the photos can never capture the 360 degree reality of being here.

We were told that the color of the hot springs indicates the temperature of the water, with blue being the hottest: near boiling. Want to take a dip in Sapphire Pool?

We were told that the color of the hot springs indicates the temperature of the water, with blue being the hottest: near boiling. Want to take a dip in Sapphire Pool?

Words can’t do much for it, either, so I’ll just post a few pictures, and forgo the several thousand words it would take to try and supplant them — other than to say that “Old Faithful” is not the only reminder we’ve seen of God’s creative and ongoing faithfulness in this world.

Mystic Falls is a rare breed in that it incorporates both flowing water and thermal vents - that's not mist near the top, but steam.

Mystic Falls is a rare breed in that it incorporates both flowing water and thermal vents – that’s not mist near the top, but steam.

The river leading from Mystic Falls is one small part of the massive wilderness areas in Yellowstone.

The river leading from Mystic Falls is one small part of the massive wilderness areas in Yellowstone.

Old Faithful never fails to attract crowds, and for good reason.

Old Faithful never fails to attract crowds, and for good reason.

Sunset over Mt. St. John (I think) and Jackson Lake, from Colter Bay.

Sunset over Mt. St. John (I think) and Jackson Lake, from Colter Bay.

Tony Cartledge

About Tony Cartledge

Tony W. Cartledge is contributing editor of Baptists Today, in addition to teaching Old Testament studies and various ministry courses at Campbell University Divinity School. He formerly served as editor of the Biblical Recorder, newspaper of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and as a pastor for 26 years. Tony is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Southeastern Seminary and Duke University, where he earned a Ph.D. He is the author of several books including the Smyth & Helwys commentary on First and Second Samuel and Telling Stories: Tall Tales and Deep Truths and several Bible study books for Nurturing Faith.