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DMBTraveler Sep 9th, 2010 02:15 PM

An Evening With Old Faithful
I finally get a chance to visit Yellowstone National Park and except for not finding any "Pic-A-Nic Baskets", I am not dissappointed. My experience begins spending an evening with Old Faithful.

DMBTraveler Sep 9th, 2010 02:20 PM

Having renewed my annual National Park pass for $80 (everyone, should have one), I leave the West Entrance of Yellowstone headed for Old Faithful about 30 miles and a 1 hour drive away. The scenery along the way threatens to make the drive time even longer.

With sun moving west faster than I would like it to, I have to resist the urge to stop before daylight disappears. Down the road I am faced with over 2000 pounds of flesh and facial hair that gives me no choice. Knowing I will not win a confrontation, I sit back and give my time challenger a lot of strolling and breathing room.

Dusk arrives about the same time as I do at Old Faithful. Soon a rising full moon accompanies us and puts a spotlight on tonight's up and coming star. Somewhat true to it's name, we know Old Faithful will make an appearance but will it be “Hollywood”, fashionably late. As we wait the temperature is falling rapidly as the audience shivers. Hands are rubbed together in hopes of starting a fire.

Word spreads that a posting at the Old Faithful Lodge gives an appearance time of 8:50pm plus or minus 15 minutes. Based on the length of time of the previous eruption, park officials can reasonably predict when the next eruption of Old Faithful will occur. This varies between 65 to 90 minutes.

As we wait, like a great showman, Old Faithful gives us teasers of what's to come. Blubbing sounds with puffs of steams, 10 to 30 feet in the air. The crowd excitement collectively rises then it all but disappears. This foreplay has been going on for about 30 minutes since I arrived. As the temperature continues to fall, I am getting as cold as ice and hope the foreplay soon ends.

More blubbing, more steaming, more blubbing, I can sense the temperature is rising then the moment we have all been waiting for. A cloud of steam ascends a hundred plus feet in the air from the spewing hot water. Downwind, I am touched by the mist now cooled by the night air. Amazing since it leaves the earth at 200 plus degrees. Old Faithful has once again made an appearance worthy of an Academy Award Oscar.

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starrs Sep 9th, 2010 02:22 PM

It's fabulous to stay in a room overlooking the show. Then you get to watch it from the comfort of your bed - as many times as you wish.

Songdoc Sep 9th, 2010 05:25 PM

What a wonderful report! Thanks!

emalloy Sep 10th, 2010 03:14 AM

Love the pictures too, Thanks for the report.

DMBTraveler Sep 10th, 2010 03:20 AM


Yes, that would be sweet but I imagine the lodge is pretty expensive during peak season. Besides from in your room you miss the chance to freeze your butt off or get sprayed with the steam :). Either way a sight worth experiencing!

DMBTraveler Sep 10th, 2010 03:23 AM

Songdoc, emalloy .. Thanks. I am working on posting more reports from my trip to Yellowstone. Stay tuned :)

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