Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming:
Today’s plan: Old
Faithful Volkswalk in the Upper Geyser Basin, 15K (9.3 mi.—We added a 4K option
to the 10K walk and explored side trails to some of the other features).
Fishing Bridge RV Park
to Old Faithful is a one-hour drive on 45 mph roads. There wasn’t much traffic
at 9:30 a.m. When we arrived at the Upper Geyser Basin, home of Old Faithful,
we had a ten-minute wait to see Old Faithful erupt. Great way to start our day.
|Old Faithful viewing area.|
|Old Faithful fountaining.|
Suntan lotion was back
at the 5er, so first stop was the General Store to buy a new tube. Then we sat
on a rocking bench in front of the store and applied our lotion.
At 11:15 a.m., we took
a paved trail to Castle Geyser, which was predicted to have only minor
eruptions today. From there we continued on the boardwalk to Grand Geyser. It
looked like Grand Geyser was going to erupt soon. Many people sat on the
benches surrounding Grand, Vent and Turban Geysers waiting for the action. The
possible eruption time was predicted between 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. We decided
to continue walking as we didn’t want to sit around waiting for the geyser to
We walked 50 yards
farther down the boardwalk when Bob turned around and Grand Geyser was going
off! We high-tailed it back and watched a spectacular show highlighted by Grand
Geysers huge eruption and Turban Geyser’s smaller sideshow. Major geyser #2
under our belts. Good timing so far.
|Grand Geyser from where we turned around to look.|
|Vent, Turban and Grand Geyser.|
The Upper Geyser
Basin, Biscuit Basin and Observation Point were the areas covered in our
Volkswalk. From a distance, we watched Daisy Geyser fountain. A number of
lesser geysers showed their stuff as well.
|Morning Glory Pool|
|Boardwalk toward Firehole River.|
|Firehole River with steaming vents.|
|Hiking from Old Faithful area to Biscuit Basin.|
|Don't you think this looks like ET?|
|Trail to Observation Point.|
|View from Observation Point.|
Today’s walk was
predominantly on boardwalks, forested and paved trails. We chose to end our
walk with a hike up to Solitary Geyser and Observation Point, the highest place
on our walk. When we finished we lumbered back to Old Faithful Lodge for some
huckleberry/raspberry frozen yogurt cones. Mmmmmmm.
Rangers were announcing Beehive Geyser was to erupt within 15 minutes. It’s
higher and more powerful than Old Faithful, but only erupts once a day. They
don’t know what time it will erupt until its small companion geyser starts
erupting. So much for watching the educational video. I coaxed my tired feet to
move the quarter mile to watch Beehive Geyser. It was a good way to end our day
at Upper Geyser Basin.
On the way back to the
parking area, we stopped at the General Store to buy lettuce, tomato and
cheddar cheese to make tostadas for dinner tonight. We found our car in the
huge parking lot and headed back to the 5er.
When we unpacked the
truck and settled in, Bob says, “Do you want to go for a bike ride around the
“No,” I replied, “I’m
going to rest now.”
The man doesn’t know
when to sit down and relax. (I love you honey, but please take a time out now
When he returned, we
made our tostadas, Bob did the dishes, I vacuumed and it’s blog time. For Bob,
it’s Free Cell time.
Wildlife: one elk, two
white pelicans, ground squirrels.
Since the blog is
finished for tonight, I’m off to read in bed.
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