Our first day in Yellowstone - we are excited!
Trip Start May 22, 2010
10Trip End Jun 01, 2010
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We needed to find a restroom so we turned around. We drove on a 2-mile, one-way road through Firehole Canyon which passes through 800 foot black lava walls and affords a close-up view of Firehole Falls. Firehole Falls has a 40-foot drop. Firehole Cascades is just past the falls.
This is neat. We got held up in traffic due to a herd of bison just ambling down the road. Eventually, the bison moved to an open field
Our next stop was Fountain Paint Pots. This area is one of the largest groups of mud pots in the park. We saw each of Yellowstone's thermal features here - geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles or steam vents. There is a 0.5 mile walk through this area. This is a good place to stop and see. Silex Spring has a beautiful blue color to it. In early summer the mudpots are thin and watery from abundant rain and snow. By late summer they are quite thick.
We made it down to the Old Faithful area and ate our picnic lunch on the back porch of the Old Faithful Lodge. This area is crowded. Lots of people. We were lucky we found a parking spot near Old Faithful Lodge. We found out the possible time of eruption for Old Faithful, and we waited patiently for Old Faithful to erupt. There were benches available for us to sit on. It was cold and windy. The eruption occurred twenty minutes past the estimated time and lasted for several minutes. It was exciting!
We took a 45-minute tour of the Old Faithful Inn. It is well worth the tour. We were provided with lots of information. The Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark. The inn has weathered severe winter conditions, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and the fires of 1988.
On our way out of Yellowstone we got to see the mother bison who had given birth probably this morning to a baby. The rangers had earlier flagged cars to continue on their way. This time they were not present. The bison were both standing up this time. The baby looked so cute.
On our way home we stopped in West Yellowstone for shopping. This town has lots of bargains.