East Berlin, Pennsylvania
October 10, 2006
Now, with hikes, many folks figure on 2 miles per hour, so they'd allow 2 hours to walk this whole thing (less for less). Don't. It won't happen, or if it does, then did you really SEE anything here? Nope, on this trip you're going to want to stop and see the features on the way (no roses, but features well worth taking your time to see). Sometimes you're going to look up and see a geyser going off. Take time and enjoy watching it, even if it's at a distance! (You'll stop and watch it instinctively anyway, so just be sure you allowed yourself TIME to do that!) Most geysers are not predictable, so consider yourself fortunate if you saw it. Some go off every 45 minutes or so, so you'll see it at some point on your hike. And, they are different... it's not a "seen one, seen them all" type of thing.
Anyway, some of our favorites along this hike (besides Old Faithful) were Grand (taller than Old Faithful), Castle (impressive formation and neat to see go off!), Grotto (we got sprayed!), Spasmotic (fits its name), Lion (noise), and even Giant, though that one HAD to wait till the wee morning hours to go off INSTEAD of while we were there (sigh). Still, it was fun hoping and listening to it. Maybe next time...
To keep your visual senses on "high" between geysers are some of the beautiful multicolored pools—see Chromatic and Doublet, not to mention Morning Glory, Gem, and Mirror. Do be sure to keep young kids on the boardwalk. Every now and then, someone gets hurt (so the signs say).
If you can't hike all the way (well, even if you can), be sure to stop at West Thumb Geyser Basin (farther south) and Prismatic Spring (north) to see more awesome pools, and drive on Firehole Lake Drive for some more awesome thermal sights.
From journal 2006 Trip Pt 2 - WY - Devil's Tower to Yellowstone