July first this season has found conditions similar to those of mid-season of other years, both in the number of visitors and in the reception that awaits them. Open camp grounds, roads, and trails, fine weather and beautiful flower fields reflect mid-summer conditions.
A feature at Longmire Springs of great interest to everyone is the group of mineral springs in the little flat to the west of National Park Inn. There are some forty distinct springs, a half dozen of which are easily reached from the road. An analysis of the waters show that they all contain about the smae mineral salts but in slightly differing proportions. All the water is highly carbonated and would be classed as extremely "hard". Certain springs contain larger amounts of soda, iron and sulphur, giving them a distinct taste and color.
An interesting fact concerning the temperature has been noted. Two springs, both of which maintain a uniform temperature the year around are within 18 inches of each other. One of them stands at about 80 F. the other about 50 F. The warmer spring is a sulphur spring with yellowish water and the cold spring flows bluish iron water. These waters possess no particular medical properties.
At this time of year when the snow lies on the ice of the glaciers, there is a greater danger from accidents than at any other season. The fact that these snow-fields look absolutely safe, adds a great deal to their treacherousness. Crevasses are bridged over with a smooth sheet of snow that no one can judge the safety of. A person is in danger at all times of stepping through into crevasses that may be a hundred or more feet deep.
There are lots of snow-fields on the slopes alongside the glaciers that afford fine sliding. If you want to visit the glaciers plan to make your trip with guides.
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