Old Faithful

Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park erupts steam

Old Faithful is a wonderful place to observe natural wonders. I was mindful that we were standing atop a super-volcano, and hoped it wouldn’t erupt anytime soon. The geysers are continuous reminders of the power underneath.

Old Faithful is a one of the most popular geysers and is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. (Wikipedia)

The famous geyser currently erupts around 20 times a day. These eruptions are predicted with a 90 percent confidence rate, within a 10-minute variation, based on the duration and height of the previous eruption.

During visitor center hours, geyser statistics and predictions are maintained by the naturalist staff. This is done by good old-fashioned observation, timing with a stopwatch, and writing in a log book. Visitors can check for posted prediction times in most buildings in the Old Faithful area and on the webcam web page https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/about-old-faithful

When we visited Old Faithful, it had a continuous flow of steam flowing upward.  We could see other smaller geysers and hot springs throughout the area while waiting for Old Faithful. 

Crowd waiting to see Old Faithful, while observing another geyser in the distance.

Once the steam starts to bubble up water, it indicates the eruption is about to happen.  It’s fun just waiting with expectancy.  The height varies and the one we saw didn’t seem to erupt as high as anticipated.  Check it out. 

Also amazing were the other geysers and hot springs in the area.

Blessings along the Way!

Ron