Old Faithful is so named because of the dependability of the time it erupts. Usually every 91 minutes, Old Faithful shoots 3700 to 8400 gallons of boiling water about 145 feet into the air. That was a surprise to me because I thought it was only steam. As we watched the geyser erupt, I could see the water and instantly knew I had more to learn about this world-famous crowd pleaser.
That could be the end of the story, but there are so many more facts we learned along the way. The area around Old Faithful is the earth’s crust. Walkways are everywhere and people are cautioned to use the wooden pathways.
Several little geysers can be seen in the distance. The little geysers are everywhere. The foreground of this picture looks like water, but it is gravel like material.
The back of the Visitor’s Information Center leads to Old Faithful. The parking lot and main doors are on the opposite side. As you enter the building, you are greeted with a sign of the “expected time” for the next eruption of Old Faithful. Although the building is full of great information, who wants to miss the real thing and wait for the next one. We were fortunate to be right on time for the viewing. No waiting for us at all.
After taking pictures of Steve and me and our friends Mike and Corky Eden to document our visit to Old Faithful, we were on our way to other adventures. There wasn’t much more to see at Old Faithful, but we knew Yellowstone National Park had much more to offer.
As you can see in this picture, the scenery was beautiful.
We went to the Midway Geyser Basin where we saw the Grand Prismatic Spring, Excelsior Geyser, Opal Pool, and Turquoise Pool.
The pools were accessed by following the boardwalk. The scenery was beautiful and there was so much to see.
After reading a sign such as this, you can be assured that we stayed on the boardwalk and didn’t try to stamp out any wisps of steam.
This is the Grand Prismatic Spring.
This sign board gives a better explanation than I could generate. The experience was fascinating. I am thankful it was available to us.
This is the Opal Pool. Not only is it not too cute, it doesn’t smell too good.
The Turquoise Pool is beautiful and well named. The sun would give it even more beauty, but alas, we were not there when the sun was.
There is so much to see and so much to learn. The Midway Geyser Basin is like going back to the beginning of time and watching creation happen.
It was a fascinating day we hope you can experience.
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