Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The ever famous Old Faithful

Susan and Selwyn were excited to finally see Old Faithful erupt but it wasn't quite time yet so we took a look inside Old Faithful Inn.  The elevation here is 7,349" (2,240m).   

The inn was built from materials harvested from the park.  The lobby has a 65' ceiling!  (19.8m) Built in the winter of 1903-1904, it is one of the few remaining log hotels in the US.  It's also a National Historic Landmark.

The geyser erupted a little later than predicted.

Three young men waited patiently.

The sky was so gray it was a little difficult to see the geyser's water and steam.

The geyser basin around Old Faithful is a study in contrasts.

Old Faithful Inn through the steam.

Interesting pools and hot pots abound.

Boardwalk trails are a must for walking safely on unpredictable grounds and they protect the ground from the many thousands of tourists who visit every year.  

Another geyser erupts as we tour the basin.

After lunch we went back and watched Old Faithful against a blue sky.

For fun you can check out the live webcam, but beware, you won't see much at night!  


Linda said...

I've seen volcanic steam before outside Naples, but never an erupting geyser. The power is impressive.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Loran, We are home from our Anniversary trip. I'll blog about it tomorrow.

Great pictures from Old Faithful. I've never been there---but it's one place I'd love to see one of these days.

Hope you are having a great week.

Regina said...

Fantastic images. Nice post.

Gaelyn said...

Yellowstone is such a precious gem in the park system. And the lodge, not any like that left--Timberline is close. I stayed in a little cabin at Old Faithful during my honeymoon after a wet,cold, snowy night on the Continental Divide. Great captures all around.