Thought for the day

"There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it." -- Harry S Truman

Isa Lake Viewpoint, located about 8 miles east of the Old Faithful Area along Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park, isn't a very exciting place. On your way to Old Faithful Geyser, you can get off your vehicle and stand at the edge of the water filled with sloughing water and fallen logs. There is a Continental Divide elevation sign along the lake, and an interpretive sign describing the Continental Divide and the significance of Lake Isa. The 'continental divide' is a geographic division on a continent, often in the form of a mountainous ridge, such that rivers and lakes flow from one side into an ocean or sea, and from the other into another. Isa Lake straddles the continental divide of North America, standing at more than eight thousand feet in the upper watersheds for the two most extensive drainage systems of the Americas—the Snake and Columbia rivers, and the Missouri and Mississippi.