Our fabulous vacation to Montana and Wyoming continues and we
reach the region filled with thermal springs, mudpots and hot
spouts; we are approaching the Old Faithful Lodge and the most
interesting and recognized landmark phenomenon known as Old
I was totally unprepared for the unbelievable amount of geysers
located in that vast area.
According to Wikipedia; “A geyser is a spring characterized by
intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and
steam. As a fairly rare phenomenon, the formation of geysers is
particular hydrogeological conditions that exist only in a few
on Earth.” Apparently surface water goes down around seven
so feet where it meets with hot rocks, reaches a boiling
and then races back to the surface as a steam bath. This
is not exclusive to our earth, it has been observed on moons
to Saturn and Neptune. Geysers are generally found along
therefore earthquakes are considered normal for the region.
The Old Faithful Inn is a masterpiece of art which is one of the
largest log-built structures in existence but sadly because of
Covid-19, the inn was closed to visitors. The building is
contains over three hundred rooms and the general areas are
constructed of wood. In keeping with the historic roots of
there are no televisions, wifi or air conditioners included with
accommodations. It contains rustic wood architecture and
stone fireplaces; when it opened in 1904, it featured electric
and a steam heating system.
The architect for the project was Robert Reamer who was only
nine years old, and he designed the massive porch of the
be a comfortable waiting and viewing area for the many
geysers to include Old Faithful. It is told that The Inn was
by Reamer to be asymmetrical to reflect the chaos of the nature
surrounded the building.
Our small group was lucky to arrive a few minutes after an
Old Faithful so we were able to score a nice seat with a view on
of the provided benches, and wait patiently for the next show.
Faithful was discovered by the Washburn-Langford-Doane
during 1870 and was the first geyser to receive a name. The
is 7,349 feet and it performs an unforgettable show about every
The national park service monitors each eruption and enters
data that is shared with interested people. Old Faithful is one
about five hundred active geysers in the area but the park
office only monitors six of them. If you have never seen Old
Faithful, be prepared for an undisturbed performance, there are
bands, banners or announcements, no fanfare, just every ninety
or so, one of the most beautiful emissions of steam and water you
Luckily, a rainbow appears in my video; I was told it is
lucky; viewing the performance is an unforgettable experience.
Brenda S. Brown
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