Friday, March 6, 2009
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Old Faithful
Thar she blows!
Old Faithful might be the world's most famous geyser, in part because it is so darn reliable. Every 60 to 90 minutes or so, enough steam and water collect to force an explosion. Then the water collects, goes back into the ground, and starts the process all over again.
If you are like us, you'll rush to see it go off the minute you arrive. Then, after a day or two, you'll take the attitude of "Oh, it's erupting again." That's OK. Happens to everyone.
If you are going to this part of the world, stay at the Old Faithful Inn, which overlooks the geyser. Rooms get booked up months in advance, but it's worth it. It definitely will increase the enjoyment level of the trip. And visit the nature shows put on by the rangers. It helps to know something about the territory.
By the way, in case you want a change of pace from Old Faithful, there are several other geysers a short walk from the complex.