Aug. 19-22, 1998
Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks have been on my
wish list to visit for a long time. Thanks to the slow down of
semicondcutor industry, we have to take one week off in this
quarter, so we came up with the plan of this trip. We had six
people in our party: Clare, Linus, my mother-in-law, my friends:
Lih-Huah and Cheng-Ping, and myself. We stayed 3 nights in Grand Teton and 4
nights in Yellowstone.
We drove from Grand Teton to Yellowstone after breakfast. The weather was getting better as we approached Yellowstone. We were complaining about the wild life in Grand Teton: we didn't find many of them, and they were all very afraid of human. It was different in Yellowstone. Whenever you see cars and people stopped by the road, you know there are animals and they seem to enjoy being watched.
There are two major geysers at the Firehole Lake Driver: Great Fountain and White Dome. We saw the sign at Great Fountain Geyser predicting eruption between 12:00 to 4:00 (but I remembered it was 11:00AM with +/- 2 hours posted in the visitor center). We decided to wait for it. We stayed in our car, and saw people come and go, and not too many people stay to wait. We thought most people were not patient enough. After 3:00pm, Lih-Huah found that it was 12:00AM to 4:00AM on the sign. It was the time for the last eruption! We left like fools without saying any word to others who were still waiting. At least we have seen the White Dome erupt many times while we were waiting.
|We stayed in the Old Faithful
Inn for one night.
Old Faithful Inn is National Historical Landmrk which was built in 1903-1904.
Old Faithful area is probably the most developed visiting area in any national parks in US.
|Old Faithful is very likely the
world's best known geyser.
Recent earthquakes have lengthened its average eruption interval from 65 min to 75 min.
We spent almost the entire day to explore the geysers
in the Old Faithful area (Upper geyser basin). We saw all
the geysers we plan to see.
|Grant Geyser||9:05am +/- 1hr||10:10am|
|Castle Geyser||10:15am +/- 45 min||10:45am|
|Daisy Geyser||11:05am +/- 15 min||11:10am|
|Old Faithful Geyser||12:30pm +/- 30 min||12:45pm|
|Riverside Geyser||4:15pm +/- 1 hr||4:30pm|
|Great Fountain Geyser||6:30pm +/- 2 hr||6:10pm|
|Midway Geyser basin has the
largest hot spring in the park: Grand Prismatic
It is so big that it can only be fully appreicated from the air.
|We arrived the Lake Hotel before
Yellowstone Lake is North America's largest mountain lake at this altitude (~7700ft).
The lake was quiet and without any sign of human disturbance.
|We continued to drive to the
Tower Fall area.
We (except Linus and Clare) took the trail to hike down to the base of the fall.
The 132-foot Tower Fall with its volcanic pinnacles was worth the hard walking.
|Finally, it's time to go home. We left the Grant Village at 6:45am (I went to the Lake shore to see the sunrise). It was a long drive back to Salt Lake City. On the way to SLC, Cheng-Ping was caught by police in a small town in Idaho for speeding (39 mph @ 25 mhp zone). He was not as lucky as I was in Grand Teton, and he was given a ticket. We got to SLC with plenty of time left and we could relax a little at the airport. It was a trip full of wonder and excitement.|
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