August 8, 2014
The next day we drove about an hour to get to Old Faithful. Forty-five minutes later we got the four-minute “show.” It’s hard to gauge how high the geyser goes because our benches were about a hundred yards away. Interestingly, Old Faithful isn’t the biggest geyser in the park. Nor is it the most regular geyser in Yellowstone. But it is the biggest regular geyser! And it was fun to watch.
Old Faithful isn’t as “faithful” as it used to be. Since 2000 its intervals have varied from 44 to 125 minutes, with an average of about 90-92 minutes. This is because of various volcano activities in the area. But it still is spectacular and quite the tourist attraction.
Oh yes—about fifteen minutes before she erupted, we were hearing thunder from the dark clouds behind us. Rain started falling before we got into the General Store. We had rain showers until late that afternoon.
Click here to see what we saw at Old Faithful.
Leaving Old Faithful, we went clock-wise on the Grand Loop Road. Throughout the afternoon we’d stopped at places with names like Biscuit Basin, Sapphire Pool, Excelsior Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, and Fountain Paint Pot. Grandson Josiah took most of the pictures with my camera. He had fun, showed creativity, and did wonderfully.
At Norris we headed east on the Norris Canyon Road. As we drove south from Canyon Village we began to see wild life. First there were elk. And then bison. And more bison. And still more bison!
Here's the link to "Geysers and Pools in Yellowstone."
It was about sunset when we got back to Nick in our RV. What a wonderful day!