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Aug 26, 2019 - Upper Geyser Basin

These were only a few of the 1600 interesting thermal features we saw today while in the Upper Geyser Basin area. 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 take photos of every one but were lucky to see one of Giantess Geyser's eruptions, which happens only a few times every year. Its largest eruptions can reach 200'. The boiling water in Teakettle Spring has built up an impressive geyserite rim around itself. The rim of Sponge Geyser is even...

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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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Cope's Trek

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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Jun 28, 2010 - Trip to Old Faithful Geyser

From our campground in Idaho, we entered the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park at West Yellowstone, Montana. We saw different types of geyers on our way to see Old Faithful. The famous geyser was erupting on a regular schedule. We were eager to see it. While waiting for the eruption, we had lunch at one of the park's restaurants. We got our seats to get a first-hand view of the event. Right on schedule, Old Faithful erupted, to the delight of the crowd. It was one of its smaller eruptions, but we were proud to be witnesses. We...

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Blessed To Travel

Jun 16, 2010 - Hike out to Lone Star Geyser

We took a hike out to Lone Star Geyser near Old Faithful. We're finally getting some warmer weather, but please note how fast the weather changes just during this hike! We got a little wet due to the rain, but we survived. Just stood under some trees for a little bit. Did it ever pour just after we got to the car! There's not alot of verbage with the pictures since it's pretty self explanatory. Next week I get my face and foot reworked where two moles were removed and they need to be reexcised due to some suspicious cells.

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Sep 11, 2009 - A visit with Emily and Anthony

Emily and Anthony flew in from CA to spend a few days with us. They drove from Bozeman to West Yellowstone then to Old Faithful. We met them at Old Faithful and did some touring with them. We spent two nights in the Snow Lodge Western Cabin at Old Faithful. Jack kept everyone awake with his snoring. We toured many of the geysers, then Sunday Anthony and Emily drove down to the Tetons.

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