We have just returned from a road trip which included a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Neither of us had ever been there before and we were anxious to see it.
There were a lot of different landscapes in the park – which is huge – but my favorites were the rivers and waterfalls.
The river is very serene and placid in one section, then just a bit farther and it is roaring over the rocks in a waterfall.
We crossed the continental divide twice as we made our loop through the valleys and over the mountains around the park.
From the next mountaintop the waterfall that is so large and powerful up close looks tiny.
Another fascinating part of the changing scenery are the geysers. There are some that literally cover a whole mountainside.
And some very small and contained, bubbling away with boiling hot water from heat generated deep inside the earth.
The geyser areas are so hot and dangerous they have warning signs. I guess it is human nature that some people have not paid attention to the warning; and been severely scalded and even killed when they got too close.
Of course we wanted to see Old Faithful the most famous – and predictable – geyser in the park. This is a picture about 45 minutes before it erupted. Steam is venting out even then.
I didn’t realize that Old Faithful is actually one of many geysers right in the same area. Somehow I had always pictured it just sitting out there all alone. You can see the steam coming from some of the others that surround it.
They have a sign telling the tourists when the next eruption will be plus or minus ten minutes, so there is a crowd of people waiting before it starts to blow. And then the steam and boiling water begin to shoot up in to the air.
And the air is filled with steam and boiling water – an awesome sight.
It is even more amazing when you consider that it has been erupting right on schedule for over 150 years – that we know of.