Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

It was still Saturday. After setting off at 5am early morning from Utah and with gas stops, we stopped by Jackson, Wyoming for lunch, then set off to Grand Teton about 12.30pm. We managed to catch the Old Faithful Geyser at 1610hrs. Thereafter, we wanted to see more geysers since they are "new" to us and they are such interesting phenomenon. Since it's already September (late summer), we don't get super-long days. However, we felt fortunate that it only started to turn dark at about 1930hrs. After Old Faithful, we continued our journey to our motel stay for that night at West Yellowstone, Montana. From where Old Faithful is (Upper Geyser Basin), we were able to make Midway Geyser Basin and Lower Geyser Basin our attractions stops before checking in the motel.

This is the Excelsior Geyser. Excelsior Geyser pool discharges 4,000 to 4,500 gallons (15,100–17,000l) of 199°F (93°C) water per minute. A powerful eruption near 1890 damaged its internal plumbing system, and it now BOILS as a hot spring most of the time.

As the steam blows on my face, I felt my face steaming in a steam humidifier (Phillips brand?)

Look like a piece of textured art.

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