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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Monday, August 08, 2011 11:16 am Written by 
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Yellowstone National Park, WY - Leaving Jackson Hole, we headed up through the Grand Teton Park directly into Yellowstone National Park. We've been through the Southern and Western portions of the park so we did minimal sight seeing on this trip. We definitely need to travel through the northern and western areas of Yellowstone - and if you have any suggestions as to what we need to see please post them. I did include some photos we took on our honeymoon from 2009 as well as some recent ones.

There are many geysers in the park as well as brilliantly blue pools, but don't be tempted to jump into these hot springs - or you will regret it. Our backstory on Old Faithful is that Brett had never seen it and back in 2009 was the first time he saw it - from about a mile and a half away! We had hiked the trail up to the top of Geyser hill and watched the eruption to which Brett exclaimed "It's not that big." So, I highly recommend that your first time seeing this should be spent sitting on a bench right up close for it doesn't have quite the same effect looking at it from a distance and there was no way we were going to wait until it erupted again because we just had too much to see.

The times of eruptions can be between 35 minutes and 2 hours, and the height is 90 to 180 feet. OTGCookingShow Tip: As the predicted time approaches grab a seat on the benches (they sit about 300 ft away from the geyser) and relax. Old Faithful likes to tease a bit and will inevitably get the impatient all riled up. There is usually about 20 minutes of small bursts and bubbles before the main attraction comes. I do believe it is worth the wait, but if you plan on only seeing it once in your life - see it up close and personal. If you do plan on seeing it again hike Geyser Hill and enjoy the splendor from a distance. Another highlight on this leg of our trip was that we made it to Old Faithful just in time to meet up with my family for lunch and say our goodbye's until next time. They had taken a longer route through Idaho but we both happened to have perfect timing and I got to squeeze my beautiful little niece one more time!

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