Pacific Northwest - Day 14 - Yellowstone Natl. Park, more Geysers and Pools

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Lone Star Geyser in its 'steam phase'

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.

Old Faithful as seen from 90 meters high
Lone Star only erupts every 3 hours. If you wait you get quite a show. It starts with some pre-eruptions. The main event lasts about 30 minutes and starts with a forceful water eruption that can reach 11-12 meters (35-40 feet). After that the Lone star continues venting lots of steam which is also impressive to hear. Our timing was pretty good. We had time for lunch on the site and almost immediately after lunch the show started.

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.
The Belgian Pool was named as such when an unfortunate tourist from Belgium fell into it in 1929

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.

Lower Geyser Basin at sunset
We passed just before sunset. So we quickly got off the car to circle the 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) long boardwalk hike along more geysers and spurting mud pools.

More pictures and a video below.  

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Lone Star Geyser in its steam pha…
Lone Star Geyser in its 'steam ph…
Old Faithful as seen from 90 meter…
Old Faithful as seen from 90 mete…
The Belgian Pool was named as such…
The Belgian Pool was named as suc…
Lower Geyser Basin at sunset
Lower Geyser Basin at sunset
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Lazy Bison spotted on our way to …
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Even without canyons, bison, and …
Even without canyons, bison, and g…
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Lone Star Geyser before the erupti…
Lone Star Geyser before the erupt…
Lone Star Geyser erupting
Lone Star Geyser erupting
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Solitary Geyser
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Solitary geyser used to be a pool…
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Old Faithful during its eruption.
Thermophiles in Solitary Geyser
Thermophiles in Solitary Geyser
Thermophiles in Solitary Geyser
Thermophiles in Solitary Geyser
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Lower Geyser Basin
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On our ride back to the hotel the…
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Lone Star Geyser
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Your rapid reporter spotting ever…
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GPS profile of the hike to Lone S…
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