Pacific Northwest - Day 14 - Yellowstone Natl. Park, more Geysers and Pools
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Another day to enjoy the great geothermic features of beautiful Yellowstone National Park. This was our today's program:
1) Lone Star Geyser:
See it here on the map. This cone geyser was most likely discovered and a named as such at the end of the 19th century. The name has probably to do with the location of the geyser. While the other geysers in the park are always located in clusters in a basin, Lone Star is just by itself, in a remote part of the forest.
The service road that leads to Lone Star is only open for hikers and bikers. To get there one has to hike for 4 kilometers (2.5 mile) one way. Then one has to be lucky enough to arrive in a good time window.
2) Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin:
See it here on the map. Old Faithful is probably the best know geyser in the world. Not because it erupts that high but because of the accuracy that its eruptions can be forecasted: 65 minutes after a short eruption and 91 minutes after a long eruption, both plus or minus 10 minutes. Although not the highest spouting geyser known, eruptions are with 32-54 meters (106-185 feet) still impressive.
Faithful was discovered in 1870 by an expedition. At that time if often served a laundry. That is way better than what it faces today. The area around the mighty geyser has unfortunately degenerated to a huge tourist center. Many parking spaces, gift shops, even a garage. It is rather sad.
We decided to not join the crowds that gather on the viewing platforms around the geyser but hiked about 90 meters (295 ft) up on the hill behind the geyser and watched the waterworks from above. Faithfull took his time. While we arrived at T minus 10 sharp he only decided to fire at T plus 10.
We continued the tour on the Upper Geyser Basin along many impressive pools and more spouting and hissing geysers.
3) More Lower Geyser Basin:
The Lower Geyser Basin is one of the first items I visited during my earlier visit several years ago.
More pictures and a video below.
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