The latest in a string of bizarre Yellowstone events is a tourist that was given a ticket for “grilling burgers” in a hot spring.
Bob, a family man on vacation from New Jersey, wanted to picnic to pass the time waiting for Old Faithful. The Upper Geyser Basin is famous for its many thermal features, but many tourists congregate here to see the guaranteed geyser.
He told us, “I just thought it was completely acceptable.” He had seen others testing the waters all weekend long. The first time Yellowstone visitor explained how the hot spring’s temperature seemed perfect for a well-done burger.
“I stuck my finger in a deep blue pool, only to find myself with a nice burn. 165 degrees is a perfect temperature, so I was ready to boil some lunch.”
Park officials want to remind visitors that hot springs are indeed VERY hot, and walking anywhere off the boardwalks is highly illegal. Yellowstone has already taken the life of one park visitor this year, who decided to walk over 200 yards off the boardwalk. He fell in a deep, boiling mud pot, and his body was never recovered.