Old Faithful

I have to admit that, before this summer, my knowledge of Yellowstone National Park was limited to the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.

So what’s the first thing that any red blooded American would do upon entering Yellowstone?  Of course, check that off the proverbial bucket list!


We found that the crowd was already starting to multiply; all the front row seats were taken.  (Yes, there is actual seating!)  Upon finding a good spot, we asked ourselves the most obvious question.

When was it going to erupt?

We found that answer posted in the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Each day naturalist staff maintain geyser statistics, such as height and duration of eruption, and make predictions based on the recorded data.  Old Faithful’s eruption is typically dependent on the duration of the previous eruption.  The time between eruptions usually ranges from 60 to 110 minutes.

With a projection into the air of 106-184 feet, releasing 3,700 gallons to 8,400 gallons of water, depending on the duration (1.5 to 4.5 minutes), it was totally worth the wait!




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