North America Vacations

Paint Pots

Fifeen short minutes later, we’ve managed to get into the parking lot and out of the carand into the rain.

Although that earlier observation about the low temperatures being beneficial? Unless you were new to the Yellow Stone Valley and personally charged to find all the fumaroles, all that excess steam from the cold, wet weather condensing around the heated holes makes it very difficult to see ‘the amazing and colorful sights’ of Yellow Stone.

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Bridge 24 has what looks like Christmas decorations hanging overhead, to stop swans flying into the wires, and then on the far side there’s a spillway into the Ryal Burn. On the right there’s a row of cottages with gardens running down to the burn. The next bridge is a 1930s utilitarian red brick and iron structure for the A89, and Bridge 25 (Miss Margaret’s Bridge) links housing schemes with steps onto the towpath as you head north, cross the Brox Burn, and reach the A899, the main Uphall-Broxburn road at a modern concrete bridge of no character. Turn right if you want Broxburn’s town centre; and at the traffic lights in the centre, if not returning to this spot, turn left again to rejoin the travel destination as it leaves the town. Broxburn has a wide range of shops, coffee houses and pubs, and is a friendly place despite a rather unpretentious appearance. It straggles along north of the Brox Burn, and grew rapidly with the shale oil industry. In 1861 the population was 660, in 1891 it was 5,898. They were either affy wild or unco guid in Victorian times. I lost count of the churches along the long High Street that joins it with Uphall. The West Church is ‘weird and wonderful Gothic’, and the Roman Catholic church the real showpiece.

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