These tourists got caught cooking chicken in a hot spring2 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
A truly ‘fowl’ idea landed three tourists in trouble when they tried to cook their dinner in one of the famous natural hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, in the US.
The incident took place in August when a park ranger – a person entrusted with protecting parklands – discovered something odd while on his rounds. After receiving alerts that some tourists were spotted hiking through the park with cooking pots, the ranger decided to investigate. When he caught up with the group, the ranger found that the hikers had two whole chickens with them that they were cooking in a hot spring!
Three men were charged for the act on September 10, and have plead guilty. They have been banned from Yellowstone for two years and were made to pay fines.
Cooking in Yellowstone, especially is a hot spring, is dangerous and illegal. The men had to walk across thin, breakable crusts above the water.
Did you know Yellowstone National Park is spread across three states? Let’s learn a little more about this iconic spot!
- Yellowstone National Park is spread across 3,472 square miles- that’s over 2.2 million acres!
- The park sits atop the largest supervolcano in North America. A supervolcano is a large volcano that has had an eruption with a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8, the largest recorded value on the index.
- Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where buffalo have roamed since the prehistoric era. Now, roughly 5,500 bison live in Yellowstone – the nation’s largest and oldest free-range herd.
- Of all of Yellowstone’s natural geysers, the most well-known and iconic one is called ‘Old Faithful’. It is capable of spewing water 180 feet into the air!
- Annually, Yellowstone sees 1,000 to 3,000 earthquakes!
- President Ulysses S Grant established Yellowstone as the world’s first National Park on March 1, 1872.