Gurgle, Fill, Erupt, Drain, Repeat
Trip Start Aug 28, 2013
39Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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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
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
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.