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Aug 28, 2019 - Lone Star Geyser

Wednesday, August 28: Madison Campground to Lone Star Geyser Weather: A clear morning in the high 30sF warming to the high 70sF by afternoon with clear blue skies and light breezes all day Route: Madison Campground → Grand Loop Road → Lone Star Trailhead → Grand Loop Road → Madison Campground Today's Plan: Stop at the Kepler Cascades on the way to the Lone Star Geyser Trail and at the Firehole River swimming hole on the way back to camp. Highlights: - Last night, despite the bright lights that stay on all night around the bathrooms, we...

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Aug 27, 2019 - More Geyser Basins

After the easy Mystic Falls Loop Trail hike this morning we still had plenty of time and energy to walk the boardwalks of the other hydrothermal basins in this section of the park, namely: - Biscuit Basin and the northern section of Upper Geyser Basin - Midway Geyser Basin - Fountain Paint Pots area of the Lower Geyser Basin By now we were not taking photos unless the thermal feature was somehow unusual or was erupting while we were there, although it was tempting to sit at each one to watch its various phases, colour changes, etc. Here...

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Aug 27, 2019 - Mystic Falls Loop Trail

Tuesday, August 27: Madison Campground to Biscuit Basin Weather: A clear morning in the high 30sF warming to the low 70sF by afternoon with clear blue skies and light breezes all day Route: Grand Loop Road → Biscuit Basin → Grand Loop Road → Midway Geyser Basin → Grand Loop Road → Lower Geyser Basin → Grand Loop Road → Firehole Lake Road → Madison Campground Today's Plan: Hike the Mystic Falls/Fairy Creek Loop Trail in the morning, complete our tour of the Old Faithful area by seeing Midway and Lower Geyser Basins and Fountain Paint...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Upper Geyser Basin Features

There are at least 1600 interesting thermal features within the square mile that is the Upper Geyser Basin area. It is the largest concentration of geysers (410) in the world. Not all features, including geysers, fumaroles and hot springs, are named or even active. We walked as far as Morning Glory Pool, then circled back to see several more along the river. These are a few we found particularly interesting. On a sinter terrace across the Firehole River from Old Faithful was the Geyser Hill Group. It had over 50 thermal features. We did not...

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Aug 26, 2019 - Old Faithful area

Monday, August 26: Upper Geyser Basin Weather: A clear morning in the high 30sF warming to the mid 60sF as the skies gradually cleared with light breezes in the afternoon. Route: Grand Loop Road → Upper Geyser Basin → Grand Loop Road → Madison Campground Today's Plan: Visit as many of the 1600 thermal features in the Old Faithful area as we could in one day Highlights: - The skies were very clear and starry last night, from what we could see through the many Lodgepole Pines populating the campground. We needed toques and gloves to make...

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Aug 25, 2019 - Fairy Falls Trail

Sunday, August 25: A morning hike on the Fairy Falls Trail Weather: An overcast morning in the mid 40sF warming to the high 60sF as the skies gradually cleared; strong breezes and dark clouds building towards evening. Route: Grand Loop Road → Fairy Falls Trailhead → Grand Loop Road → Whiskey Flat Picnic Area Today's Plan: Drive south to hike the Fairy Falls Trail, then tour the Lower Geyser Basin on our drive back to Madison Campground Highlights: - Today was our 8th day of real camping. We have now fallen into what I like to call...

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Aug 25, 2019 - Lower Geyser Basin

Sunday, August 25: An afternoon in Lower Geyser Basin Route: Whiskey Flat Picnic Area → Grand Loop Road → Firehole Lake Drive → Grand Loop Road → Madison Campground - After our lunch and bio break at the Whiskey Flat Picnic Area we drove north towards Madison and took the one-way Firehole Lake Drive into one section of the Lower Geyser Basin, which had smaller but no less interesting hydrothermal features. The Lower Geyser Basin is the largest and the most spread out of all the thermal areas of the park, covering almost 12 square miles....

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Jul 15, 2019 - Drive Through Yellowstone

We were up early this morning, packed and ready to go. We had quite a long drive back home. We drove all the way from the North Yellowstone Entrance back to the South Entrance of Yellowstone and on to Jackson. It was a little more than 200 miles. Most of our stops on the drive today were to see a few geysers and geothermal pools etc. The geothermal areas of Yellowstone include several geyser basins as well as other geothermal features such as hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. The number of thermal features in Yellowstone is estimated...

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Aug 14, 2014 - Part II: Old Faithful and Grand Loop Road

Day 15 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...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Old Faithful!

We checked out of Bridge Bay campground (named for the Natural Bridge and a pretty little bay) and headed toward Old Faithful. We stopped at another recommended fishing spot called “Sand Point”…skunked again. On our way to Old Faithful we crossed the Continental Divide twice. We arrived at Old Faithful, checked into the Old Faithful Inn, one of the grand old national park lodges. We arrived just in time to see the spouting of “Cone Geyser” which is higher and much longer than Old Faithful but spouts only every 9 to 15 hours. YsetMust have...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Day 74 - Old Faithful/Yellowstone National Park

Today we drove from Idaho Falls, ID over to Yellowstone National Park to see Old Faithful. We entered Yellowstone from W. Yellowstone, MT. Our Senior Pass got us into the park without having to pay, a savings of $25. The park is gorgeous. From W. Yellowstone, you go into the park for 14 miles to Madison Junction, paralleling the Madison River. From Madison Junction, you turn right to go to Old Faithful, another 16 miles. They tell you to plan on an hour to make the drive. Our first slowdown was along the Madison, when we saw a coyote doing...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Travel to Old Faithful

Today we woke up very early, as planned, and were able to enter Yellowstone NP West Gate at 7:30 am. We stopped at Lower Geyser Basin and walked the boardwalk to see the different geysers and hot pools. Cool. Continued on our way to see Old Faithful do her thing. Arrived at 9:00 am, just in time to sit and watch the eruption at ~~ 9:08 am. We went back to the Park Store and Ranger station and watched a movie about Yellowstone and how we are walking on top of a live volcano. Karen and the kids went to eat something while I got my National...

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