Some of my office mates had gone to see the new Old Faithful Visitor's Center last week; today a new group including me made the trip. A day's pay for having fun, a free lunch--believe me when I tell you this is not how most employees here get treated. I've lucked into being among the rich upper class of non-management seasonal employees, and I try to never forget that whatever else may go wrong.
So yes, today I saw Old Faithful erupt for the first time. Although geysers don't really thrill me, I even took some photos but the water blurs into the steam and I'm not going to bother posting one. But I've got a bunch of other spots to show you from my solo hike after lunch.
As soon as I make it past this bison who seems to be contemplating sending me for a ride. After this photo, he did turn and take a couple steps toward me. I moved on.
Spots such as Castle Geyser,
and one whose name I don't recall.
It's not easy being a tree around here. You don't want to be at the front of the line.
Here are a couple views of the Firehole River which runs through the middle of these features.
Here are Chromatic Pool,
Grotto Geyser (which looks a bit like ET to me),
and another whose name I don't remember. Maybe it's even anonymous--all of the features aren't named. Actually, now that I look at it again, I think it's the same one whose name I didn't know up above. But I like both photos anyway.
After my boardwalk walk I was ready to get in the woods so I headed uphill to Observation Point. This is what that trail looks like.
And here's the view from the top.
I wanted to show you what the trail was like, because on my way down I heard a "Huff, huff, huff" from behind me. I turned and looked around but didn't see the bear I think made the sound. I forgot to look up in the trees, so the only bear I actually saw today was the drawing of one at the beginning of the trail.
I did look up in the trees when I got back to the parking lot because of the noise being made by this raven.
And here's the other half of the conversation, perched on a van.
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