Yellowstone – Part 2

We continued our whirlwind tour of Yellowstone with visiting the iconic Old Faithful area.

Old Faithful!

Hehe – it went so high!

It was so much fun to see it go off! Since some other geysers in the area were going off during the “scheduled” time, Old Faithful was a little delayed (but seriously, you can’t schedule nature!), but Jeff and I had a great time chatting with some of the other visitors. One couple had been coming for over 20 years!

After Old Faithful we checked out the rest of the geyser field surrounding it.

After seeing about a bazillion geysers we ducked inside the Old Faithful Inn just to see it. Very cool place and we’ll definitely try to get back and stay there at some point. We downed some PB&J sandwiches at a picnic site before heading back out on our ambitious loop plan. Heading north we crossed the Continental Divide:

Next we visited the Midway Geyser Basin which was one of my favorite spots. You walk along these boardwalks and alternative blasts of cool mountain air and hot, humid  geyser air wash over you which is perhaps one of the neatest things ever. It’s like being in Myrtle Beach in July and then in the Rockies and then back within seconds of each other. And the Grand Prismatic Spring was pretty too.

Boardwalk up to Midway

Gusts of steam blowing off the geyser

Grand Prismatic Spring

About this time we realized that there was no way we could see everything on both loops in one day. We cut our losses and decided to just drive the lower loop and do most of the upper one on our way north the next day. At least it gives us plenty to do next time we come to the park!

Unstable Ground, Boiling Water will be my band name if I’m ever in one

You know its  a good day when you start to get tired of seeing geysers because you’ve already seen so many. Between the geyser fields we caught a peek at some of the park’s wildlife:

Bison grazing

The bison that live in Yellowstone are descended from 23 individuals that survived the mass slaughter of bison during the 19th century. They are such large, lumbering creatures and it reminded me of being on safari when we saw them from the car.

The next day we stopped by the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone:

And then Mammoth Springs:

Before heading out of the iconic Northern Park Entrance and onto Wyoming:

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