We arose at 5 am in order make it to Old Faithful just after sunrise. It
took about an hour from our camp site at Bridge Bay to Old Faithful. Upon
arriving in the large parking lots we found them empty. And the benches for
viewing the geyser also empty, except for a few other early morning viewers. We
had our bible study together while waiting for the eruption. Soon after our
study Old Faithful blew. I told the kids that was the only fireworks we’d see
today, since there were no fireworks allowed in the National Parks.
Sean and me in front of Old Faithful
Awaiting Old Faithful’s eruption…
There he blows…
Look at the mobs of people coming to view the geyser later that day when we
returned to the ranger station for the girls to obtain their Jr. Ranger Badges
After watching Old Faithful, we drove over to the Firehole River, about 2
miles away to await the girls scheduled hike with a Park Ranger. We had plenty
of time, so I cooked a big breakfast…sausage, scrambled eggs and biscuits.
Later we commented that biscuits in the morning were just right since our hike
went through Biscuit Basin up to Mystic Falls. We strolled over boardwalks
viewing smaller geysers and hot pools on our way to the falls. The ranger who
lead our group has been working at Yellowstone for over 40 years. He was a
delightful man, full of lots of insightful information.
Mystic Falls in the background
On the trail…a moderately strenuous hike
At the top of the trail we could see many geysers going off in the distance,
even Old Faithful and the Visitor’s Lodges, although it’s hard to see from this