Yellowstone National Park

Shelley D Spray Photography

First, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. I’ve been working on a huge project which I’ll show you when it’s done. In the meantime I wanted to take you Yellowstone National Park and a visit to Old Faithful. I did an impromptu trip to Jackson Hole about a month ago which is a place I have always wanted to visit.  After making the drive to Jackson Hole, I stayed a few days during which time I toured the Grand Teton National Park. (Check out my Wyoming link over to the right for those posts)  With one day to go before I flew home, I decided to hoof it up to Yellowstone National park.

Photo at the Entrance
Photo at the Entrance

It was FREEZING that day and raining but I have to admit – there is nothing better than photographing in the rain or fog. Always my favorite.  I remembered going to Yellowstone as a child and my fondest memory was of Old Faithful, so that was my ultimate designation that day.  After I stopped at the park sign (a must have photo) I drove along a two way row behind a lot of other cars…all of us stopping and photographing along the way.

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(In the photo above you can see a lot of the damage done by the fires.)

I arrived at Old Faithful and tried to find a parking spot.  There were a lot of people there, I mean A LOT. And even though it was cold and rainy, everyone stood like soldiers, at attention, never moving their gaze, in the hopes that Old Faithful would FINALLY erupt.  I didn’t realize this but they have a pretty good idea as to when this will happen.  But even though you have the “time”, everyone still stands and watches to ensure they don’t miss it.  So here are a few fun facts about Old Faithful that are “borrowed” from the Yellowstone National Park site:

  • Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons of boiling water.
  • Shoots water at a height of 106 to 185 feet.
  • Erupts every 60 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Eruptions last 1.5 to 5 minutes.
  • The lowest recorded sighting was 72 feet deep into the geyser.  Temperature measurements of the water at 72ft depth was 244 °F.
  • Old Faithful is not the tallest or largest geyser, but it is the most popular.
  • Most popular because of its high frequency of eruptions.
  • Tallest height of an eruption has been recorded at 185 feet.
  • Nearly 140,000 eruptions have been officially recorded.
Old Faithful!  Worth the Wait
Old Faithful! Worth the Wait

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