"This Juggernaut Could Blow At Any Time!*"

Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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What I did
Old Faithful Yellowstone National Park
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, July 13, 2012

This is our "Old Faithful" day. First,we took our showers at the Old Faithful Inn (because our campsite didn't have showers). The showers at the Inn are really nice and they give you towels, soap and shampoo. The Inn is a cool old hotel. I think it would be fun to stay there someday. I found a penny machine in the gift shop, so I added another penny to my collection.

The Old Faithful geyser is supposed to blow about every 90 minutes. People gather around on benches to wait, and it is a big deal. The morning we were there, it was supposed to start at 10:04am, but it began at around 9:53am, so it's better to go early and wait. The actual blow was not such a big deal as far as I think. Dad saw the earlier one from the bathroom window when he took his shower, and he said it lasted or longer. So I guess it just depends.

After Old Faithful, we took a hike around the area where there are many geysers and other steamy pools to look at. And smell. Some of the geysers give off sulfur which makes a really bad smell like rotten eggs. It's gross. My favorite geyser was "the Beehive" because it shoots really high in the air and lasts a long time. Walking around the area with the geysers was interesting because you can see through the cracks in the earth. You have to be really careful not to step off the path because the earth is thin and you could sink through. There are a lot of warning signs.

We headed out for more geysers and to look for wildlife. Some of the geysers were called "mudpots" and they were pretty smelly. We haven't seen as much wildlife as we thought we would. There are a lot of bison here and they don't really impress me anymore, especially after our Custer drive. We did see an elk in the distance crossing the road and a coyote when we went for an early evening drive in the rain.

The new campsite is better than the first one we stayed at. There are a lot more trees and more space between sites. Lucky Dad got the tent up and the rain fly on right before the storm came tonight. We didn't get wet at all.

*this is what Morgan Freeman said about Yellowstone Park in a movie Dad and I watched about the Park before our trip. After walking around the geyser area, I see what he meant!
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Mrs. Boundy on

Loving all of the details and information, and your pictures are beautiful! Such wonderful memories you are making, and you are reminding me of all the great times I had on my summer traveling across the US. That was all the way back in 1998, but it seems like yesterday!
I was talking to a couple of people at school last week about our reading curriculum, and I was telling them about how you completed the Jr. Ranger badge online after we had read the story about the wildfires in Yellowstone during the summer of 1988. You were the only one who finished it, so I'm glad you are getting to go on such a grand adventure!
I can't wait to hear more! Again, thank you for sharing this with me:)

Karen Wilkens on

Hi Guys - I have seen this years ago and it is quite a beautiful site.

Laura on

Pop tarts and Beef sticks? I don't feel so good. :)
Awesome pictures. Love the Cool Blue.

Cyndee Groch on

Thanks so much for sharing all of your visits in such detail! I am a detail oriented person and I am loving every comment and view! I would love to travel to these destinations someday, but I am not sure if that will ever happen. Thank you for the opportunity to travel to them with all of you!

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