We drove through the East gate again and this time took the southwest road to go see the geysers, and of course the most famous, Old Faithful!
On the drive in there are so many dead trees due to previous forest fires. This causes some areas to look desolate and barren.
The water was so unbelievably clear you could see the bottom and see the fish swimming by. This picture was in about 5-6 feet of water. It was so clear the fish looks to be flying over land.
Next we stopped at West Thumb Geyser Basin. I think this was my favorite place in Yellowstone. There many so many geysers here and the colors were just breathtaking. Somehow what you see in person doesnt look the same in a picture. The water was the most beautiful shades of blue surrounded by emerald green, fading to yellow, gold and then orange edges. All these colors are caused by special bacteria and other microscopic organisms that thrives on the hot mineral water.
Some of the Geysers are on the edge of the lake. The colors were so vibrant it made you want to jump in!
One of the geysers called the Abyss was the most amazing shade of blue I’ve ever seen. This was due to its depth. The pictures don’t do it justice! Why can’t cameras capture the same colors you see with your eyes?
We saw more breathtaking waterfalls along snow capped mountains.
Then we finally arrived at the most famous geyser of all, Old Faithful. We watched it erupt three different times. The boys had fun timing it and predicting the next eruption. The eruption varries and last anywhere fron 2 to 3 1/2 minutes. Using that time you can predict the next eruption. the eruptions are usually 80-88 minutes apart give or take 10 minutes either side. Over the years the time between eruption is getting longer. It use to erupt about every 50 min.
This is a truly amazing Experience. If you haven’t been here yet, we would highly recommend it.
There is a nice long boardwalk all around Old Faithful and all the other Geysers in this area. It runs along the river and you can see the steam coming off other smaller geysers in the area.
Next we took a Ranger led walk through the other Geysers in the area and learned more about this special area.
The boys completed their Jr Ranger books and got their badges.
It was a great day and lots of fun but we are all geysered out for now. Time to began the long drive home but not without making a few stops to enjoy the georgous reflections on the lake…..
and the beautiful sun set.
Today Josh commented that a day at a National Park was more fun than a day at Disney World! I think I might have to agree with him on that. We praised God all day for these beautiful sighs and the privilege to explore them!