Monday, March 29, 2010
Old Faithful after seeing it for the first time. Too many people expect the computer-driven fountains of Las Vegas. Old Faithful has been spouting on its own every 75 minutes or so since long before there was a Las Vegas. It's still worth a stop every time we go. More important, Old Faithful is part of the Upper Geyser Basin, home to dozens of geysers and thermal features. What you do is, go to the Old Faithful area, go to the visitor center or the Old Faithful Inn and look at the board that shows the predictions for when the major geysers in the area will erupt. Then spend a half-day in natural bliss. If you don't like this, then just go home and fire up the video games.
Grand Prismatic on their way between the Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful. It's a big miss. The second picture was taken from several hundred feet above Grand Prismatic after a scramble up a mountainside that, at the time, hadn't fully recovered from the 1988 fires.
Canyon area of Yellowstone is worth days and days.
Mammoth Hot Springs. This photo is of Canary Spring, a small part of Mammoth, and by itself it's worth the trip to the far northwest corner of Yellowstone. If you go to Yellowstone and don't see Mammoth, you've wasted your trip.