The road less travelled

The road less travelled

Friday, June 24, 2016

Blow Holes Galore

I am going to start at the end of our weekend instead of the beginning.

Monday was our day to go to Old Faithful. If you go to Yellowstone it is a must do. The most popular sight here in the park. And because of its popularity is why coming to see it is ruined. I say ruined for Lisa and I because this is strictly our personal experience and our opinion. What I am talking about is the over crowding. This area might as well be smack dab in the middle of Disney. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney. But when we go to Disney, we know there will be crowds and we are prepared for it. When you are in Yellowstone, you don't expect to see this.
Boardwalk around Old Faithful
They have built a boardwalk around Old Faithful for the people to view it. There are probably a couple of thousand people every time it goes off. If you want to get a front row seat, get there about 20-30  minutes early, which means you will bake in the sun that much longer. Also you will start to hear all the people around you that much longer also, bitching and moaning about the heat and the sun. Soon the little kids will get crabby and start to whine and cry and scream. So then the beauty and the magnificence of the whole event gets flushed down the toilet. Pretty soon you feel claustrophobic with all the late comers trying to inch into the area you staked out because you where early and plan better. Soon it is a fight for territory and you are just wishing someone would just flip the switch to Old Faithful and get it over with.

While we were waiting, we got to see another geyser not far away erupt. So that was a bonus. I am not sure of the name of this one. I thought it was Steamboat Geyser but I was corrected.

This geyser is very near the boardwalk, so if you are lucky enough to be close to it you can get geyser snot on you. That one really erupted with lots of pressure. It must have been young.

Finally Old Faithful did its thing.

After Old Faithful, the crowds dispersed and headed to the parking lots. Total grid lock as everyone was trying to leave at the same time. We then headed to the Grand Prismatic Spring. But it was too crowded for us to even get into the parking lot. Off we went to go to the more quieter parts of the park. 

So that was our blow hole experience. 

7 comments:

  1. You make it sounds so fun, I can't wait to go!

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    1. It's a blast. I want to see your face when a somebody sneezes on your hot dog.

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  2. We were there a few years ago and loved it. Only saw half the park so would like to go back but it just doesn't sound like it's worth the aggravation.

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    1. I put a disclaimer in there. Everybody may just love it. But it wasn't what we were expecting.

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  3. We went last year mid-May. Perfect time, no crowds at all, and cool. Wasn't all that impressed with Old Faithful anyway. Sorry you were underwhelmed too.

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    1. It is a beautiful place, don't get me wrong. 4.4 million people visited last year and this year they expect to surpass that number.

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  4. I really appreciate your balanced view of things. Don't just show the pretty picture and leave it at that. Lee doesn't do great with crowds or the heat so thanks for giving us a heads up so we know going in.

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