Gurgle, Fill, Erupt, Drain, Repeat

Trip Start Aug 28, 2013
Trip End Oct 06, 2013

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Canyon campground

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

This morning was cool and damp. The rain had stopped the previous evening so we were pleased about that. A couple of months ago I posted a question on Trip Advisor asking for help with a 5 day itinerary for Yellowstone. The park is huge and there is lots to see. A kind lady named Pam devised a very detailed itinerary for us based on the things we wanted to do. So today was our geyser day.

We left camp about 9.00am. No sooner were we out of the campground and we saw a huge bison on the side of the road. We stopped opposite him but I was freaking out because I had seen you tube videos of them charging cars.

We drove towards Old Faithful stopping at various geysers and waterfalls. At one point beside the river we spotted 3 deer crossing to our side of the river. We stopped but they got scared and turned around. We were the 2nd car there but within minutes there were about 10. The country side is amazing, it changes quickly. There are dense forests of pines, open plains, rivers and of course the geyser systems are everywhere.

It took about 2 hours with stops to get to Old Faithful. We checked in at the visitor centre to see when the next eruption was. Then we browsed the displays which were very informative, learning lots of geology and went out to line up with the crowd. He was supposed to go off at 11.38 but was  about 10 mins late. He teased us for awhile bubbling around, getting a bit stronger and dying off again. It was awesome to watch the eruption. It lasts for about 3 mins.

We then set out on the board walks, of which there are miles, to explore the other geysers, pools and springs. They are all really different and Pam had given us the heads up on some of the ones to look out for. Anemone was really interesting, it was on about a 10 minute cycle of gurgle, fill, erupt, drain. It was about a 2.5 km down to Morning Glory but worth the walk. It was intensely blue, green and yellow.

We ate a picnic lunch then headed into the Old Faithful Inn. It's a stunning building built in 1903 and is designed like a huge log cabin. It has a massive four sided stone fire place in the centre of it. We bought more moose tracks ice cream and went up to the mezzanine level to eat it overlooking Old Faithful.

On the way home we stopped at Biscuit Basin and the Midway Geyser Basin. These areas had more board walks and more interesting and stunning pools, springs and geysers. Our last stop was the Fountain Paint Pots. These were some of my favourites, small bubbling pools of mud.

After another stop at some falls we missed in the morning, we drove into camp at 6.45pm. A long but amazing day. I didn't envisage there to be so many geysers. In fact 2/3 of the worlds geothermic features are found in Yellowstone National Park. They are all really interesting and the system of boardwalks the national parks have put into place to view them is really fantastic. Dinner at the Canyon dining room included tasty bison burgers for Grace and I. I felt a little guilty after admiring the bison earlier in the day. Going north to explore tomorrow.
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Scott Davis on

Maybe a bear burger tomorrow?

Greg Collier on

You both look pretty happy. Morning glory must have been great.

dmoar on

Thought this kind of comment would have come from Scott Davis, not you mr collier!

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