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After Mammoth Hot Springs, we head toward our last stop–Old Faithful. It looks as though it’s going to rain, but fortunately it doesn’t. We’re tired when we get to Old Faithful, named in 1870 for erupting almost every hour and a half..faithfully. Oddly, Old Faithful was used as a washing machine that Sheridan’s men found cleaned cotton and linen, but ruined wool. 🙂 We sit on benches, glad for the break, waiting for the eruption. After it’s over, someone behinds us remarks (complains?) that it was 5 minutes early. We’re now ready to head back to the cabin, although we won’t arrive until 1:30 am, 3 1/2 hours short of a 24-hour trip, but well worth it.



If you’re an artist, I’m not sure you’d want to use these paint pots, named for their colors, but they’re another of Yellowstone’s unique features. The forest surrounding this area was reseeded naturally by the fire of 1988, when the fire almost reached the historic lodge near Old Faithful, the next stop on our tour. Nowadays, the heat is all under the surface. Many places in the park are boiling hot, literally, and although people are told to stay on the path, there have been casualties when someone fell in and was boiled to death, not my preferred method of dying!

The standing dead trees are called bobby sox trees for their white bases. When the nearby water flooded, the minerals plugged the base of the trees and they died.  As you go up the hill, there’s less water and where gas is present and escapes the mud bubbles and pops. Be careful not to get hit by flying mud. It had been dry when we were there, so some of the holes had dried up, forming fumeroles, or steam vents.

If you’d like to see the mud actually bubble, you can watch this short video: