How many times can a rat see Old Faithful erupt?

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 30, 2008

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Friday, July 25, 2008

We started the day bright and early.  Matt and the girls headed back over to the visitor center to check the updated geyser eruption times.  They saw OF erupt again.  They said it was really neat in the early morning chill.  The report was that the steam over the geyser basin was pretty.  We packed up the car.

After a good breakfast at the Obsidian, we headed over to the trail via a brief pit stop in the Old Faithful Inn. 
Old Faithful Inn
This is a beauty of an Inn!  It was like a tree house on the inside.  I think I might like to stay there sometime.  As we emerged from the Inn and headed off to the basin and guess what?  We saw OF erupt again!  We toured the basin checking out some really neat hot springs and geysers.  We came to a spot on the trail that we had to decide to take a shorter route with fewer thermal features, or a 3-mile hike that took us past many more features and the Firehole river winding through the basin.  Sarah suggested the 3-mile hike.  We came across a bison bull in the woods rubbing against a tree.  He just wasn't cooperating for photographers.  Just as we were really huffing and puffing, wishing we'd taken the short route, we were in for a treat.  Castle Geyser was just in the early stages of erupting.  It only goes every 12 hours or so.  We got to sit in the shade on a bench and wait just about 10 minutes for the big show.  Incidentally, just over our left shoulders, another bison was just laying off the path about 20 yards away.  He wasn't even fazed by all of the commotion.  Castle was definitely worth the extra 3 miles...thanks Sarah!
Castle Geyser
We were ready for lunch and we thought a bowl of corn chowder would be perfect, but alas, the Obsidian was not open for luch.  So, we ate a fast food lunch at the Geyser Grill and it was time to hit the road again.

We stopped for a RR break at the ranger station at the Madison River.  The girls listened to a ranger talk about the bison and we all got to hold a bison bladder!  We then continued on to Mammoth Hot Springs.  We saw some good stuff on the way, but the girls really didn't care about stopping.  We saw a nice waterfall (I'll have to look up the name) and came across a least chipmunk with very full cheeks.
Least Chipmunk with full cheeks
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