Ten Cool Facts about Yellowstone National Park by Jean M. Grant – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Cool Facts about Yellowstone National Park
Why am I talking about this park? Well, if you read the blurb for Will Rise from Ashes, you’ll see that the story takes place after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts. Yup! There’s a gigantic supervolcano nestled in northwestern Wyoming. The book is not an apocalyptic or dystopian story, but rather a story of a mother’s physical and emotional journey and her determination in the wake of a huge natural disaster that will forever alter not only her world, but everyone’s.

Yellowstone is a scientist’s Disneyworld. My background is in science, and I love the world around us. I got the chance to travel to Yellowstone twice, once as a kid, and once a few years ago with my own children. So, how about a few interesting facts about this first national park of the United States?

  1. Yellowstone is a geothermal wonderland with over 10,000 hydrothermal features: geysers, hot springs, mudpots, steam vents, and over 500 geysers.
  2. We used a cool IR (infrared) thermometer to measure the heat of the fizzing hot springs on our trip around the Upper Geyser Basin at the park. One reading: 165oF!
  3. The park is the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined, covering 2.2 million acres.
  4. Yellowstone is a supervolcano. Two massive magma bodies bubble beneath the park.
  5. There are hundreds of unique bird, fish, and mammal species in this gem of a park. Some signatures: bears (black and brown/Grizzly), bison, and wolves. Because of extensive programs, endangered species now flourish in the park.
  6. Over 5 million people visit the park annually.
  7. Old Faithful has been very true to its name, erupting approximately every 90 minutes.
  8. Yellowstone has had 3 caldera-forming eruptions over the past 3 million years (2.1 million, 1.3 million, and 640,000 years ago, respectively).
  9. The VEI scale measures explosivity of volcanoes and runs from 0 to 8.
  10. To date over 92 people have died in the park, mostly from falling into burning hot springs, off ledges, or tempting fate with a bison.

Will it erupt again? Yes. Soon, like tomorrow? Not likely.

Where can you learn more? I have piles of geology, volcano, and Yellowstone books at home, but the USGS and Yellowstone National Park websites are great resources to get accurate facts. Happy digging, my aspiring geologists!



Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can’t lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ’s fear of driving and Reid’s military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ’s anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family’s present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.

Enjoy an Excerpt

Even from far away, I recognized the man’s plaid long-sleeved shirt and the large backpack, but now he was walking alongside a bike on his approach.

“Hey, look! It’s that guy you drove past this morning!”

I shuddered inwardly. Well, karma just bit me in the butt.

“How did he catch up with us?” Motherly instinct took over as I rose, my legs wobbly. “Will, stay there. Here, take this,” I said, handing him the tire iron.

“We already tried that, Mom.”

“Not for that, Will.”

He scratched his brown hair, which was overdue for a cut, and looked at me, confusion wrinkling his brow.

“Be my wizard, Will. It’s your sword.”

“Wizards have wands.”


The circuit connected. “Oh…yes, Mom, I’ll protect you!”

I smiled faintly. “Thank you, honey.” I didn’t want to explain further that it was me protecting him. I didn’t want to say that if something happened, to run and hide in the woods. Because he would run and hide. Then what? Who would come help?

I shoved my hand into my front jeans pocket to nestle my fingertips around the pocket knife I had given Harrison for our wedding anniversary. The man slowed his bicycle as he drew nearer. He gave me an understated, yet significant, nod. The nod of understanding, of kindness. I didn’t buy it.

“Hello, again,” he said.


About the Author:

Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. James Robert says

    Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

  3. Thanks for hosting me today!! Shoot me questions about Yellowstone…or the book!

  4. kim hansen says

    Sounds good.

  5. Rita Wray says

    I enjoyed reading the Ten Cool Facts. Wow people have actually fallen into the hot springs.

  6. Bernard Wallace says

    Do you have any plans for your next book?

    • As for women’s fiction – yes, some vague ideas are floating around…nothing tangible to share yet. Just finished writing the third book in my historical series.

  7. Victoria says

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it!

  8. Barbara Bettis says

    Loved the post and excerpt, Jean. I’ve never been to Yellowstone–I know I should go but just have never gotten around to it. A friend goes frequently and described her trips so thoroughly, I ALMOST feel like I’ve been 🙂

  9. Bernard Wallace says

    How long ago did you start writing your book?

  10. Marisela Zuniga says

    Sounds like a great book, nice cover!

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