In July we did a roadtrip through Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. A trip to Yellowstone National Park has been high on my list of places to visit, so when we had the opportunity to go to Colorado for a seminar, we decided a detour to North-West Wyoming would be worth it.
Upon entering Yellowstone, we decided to bee-line it to Old Faithful, the most famous of the geysers in the park. For those not aware, a geyser is a hot spring which intermittently ejects water and plenty of steam. Eruptions of Old Faithful occur every 45-125 minutes and they can be predicted within a 20 minute timeframe, so when we arrived we knew we had about half an hour until the eruption. It was a hot day and we could see that the viewing area was going to become packed with hundreds of people so we decided to hike up a small mountain for a better view. It was a good decision, because as usual very few people had bothered and we had a great view and no crowds to contend with.
Old Faithful can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 U.S. gallons (14–32.000 litre) of boiling water to a height of 106–185 feet (30–56 m) lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes.The above photo will give you a good idea of the height of the eruption when you consider the size of the people in the crowd down there.
After watching Old Faithful blow, when went for another short hike to check out some of the other geysers in the vicinity and then had to rush off to find ourselves a campsite for the night. Being high Summer, the park is full of people on vacation and we didn’t want to be left without somewhere to sleep for the night.