It’s 7:40pm and the end of the day here in beautiful Los Gatos CA. I’ve been making homemade pizza and tonight had a hot steaming piece with some fresh arugula and an avocado out on my swing watching my birds. What a nice end to the day…💗💗💗💗💗.
Yellowstone National Park
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.
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.
(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.
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Jackson Hole – Mormon Row and the Moulton Barn
If you look up the Teton National Park you’ll mostly like find photos of a barn. I actually had no idea where it was located, and didn’t realize it was a very popular place to photograph. (And I call myself “Photo Girl” shame on me!) Anyway, when I got up on my second day in Jackson Hole, I decided to hoof it up to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. My plan was to drive north on 89 and over into the park. As I was studying the map I remember seeing a loop that ran off highway 89 and then back around to it, So I took it. I put a map below so you can find it if you get a chance to go. The road curved around with beautiful views on both sides. About 1/4 of the way around the loop I saw a dirt road that actually cut over to the other side of the loop. I LOVE dirt roads so I turned left.
As my car shook as I wove back and forth to avoid the pot holes, I realized I was the only one around. It is an amazing feeling to stand on a road that is completely silent, except for the birds and crickets. The only other time I have felt this is when I was in Death Valley. While standing by my car, a family of deer sprinted through the tall grass on my left and across the road in front of me. It was pretty amazing.
Here is a map that will show you where you need to drive to see this barn:
Here is a link to a very good map of the Teton National Park: http://www.nps.gov/grte/historyculture/mormon.htm
Oxbow Bend Turnout: Road Trip to Jackson Hole
Glad I Turned Around: Road Trip to Jackson Hole
Have you ever been driving and you see something interesting…you think about turning around to explore and you don’t? I have to admit I’ve done that before and ultimately I regret it. As I was heading to Jackson Lake I saw some horses off in the meadow but kept driving. About a mile down the road a hung a U and I’m so glad I did. As if they knew I was coming back they were over by the fence when I parked. The lesson learned… Slow down, and stop when you see something interesting, you might meet or see something amazing!