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EXPLORE AMERICA: Yellowstone National Park

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,1… blast off to true faith. 3,700 to 8,400 of gallons of boiling water are coming your way, ready to show off nature’s answers to fireworks. Old Faithful earned its name not because it is on a regular schedule like a train or because it is consistent. This water show full of power and fire is reliable because it always amazes, always surprises. It is majestic.

It explores faith for us. Faith is knowing that the geyser will go off every 45 to 125 minutes for millions of years. Faith is knowing that over time the intervals are increasing in intensity and coming more quickly.

Old Faithful gives us a glimpse into nature’s internal workings, the heart of heat and joy that exists just under the surface. Formed from volcanic eruptions that took place over 600,000 years ago, Old Faithful and about 10,000 other geysers, pools and fumaroles in Yellowstone are still conducting a symphony of water and heat. Can you imagine being John Coulter discovering this?

Yellowstone National Park is an American icon and a must see. The best way to see Old Faithful as well as the other attractions is by using the 142-mile grand loop road. It is designed to go by all the attractions including the herds of elk, the bear and all the grandness that is Yellowstone. It is recommended that three days be allotted to view the park at a leisurely pace.

Yellowstone National Park stretches across the borders of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Telephone 307-344-7381. http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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  1. Larry McGavin

    Yellowstone is one of my favorite places on the planet to visit. Lucky to live so close. I just load up our car top carriers or bags, hit the road and about 7-10 hours later we are enjoying one of natures true wonders. I will never forget the scout trip I took as a teenager where we were “visited” by a grizzly bear at dinner time, luckily he didn’t find whatever it was he was looking for. :) If you ever get a chance to go camping into the primitive area of Yellowstone: TAKE IT! But be prepared for anything to happen.

    My aunt and uncle are spending their retirement there every summer – helping out in the park, lodge or just where ever they can.

    Anyway, I love YellowStone, thanks for the write up.

  2. Mike's Road Trip

    I did Yellowstone last summer for the first time, amazing place. Check out my post with pics and video at: http://www.mikesroadtrip.com/overview-of-yellowstone-national-park

  3. Kimberly Osting

    I have directions that are wrong on your maps 465 Indianapolis, In the Rockville exit 13B is no longer there.
    I also have a problem in Shelbyville, In right off of 74 there is a whole complex Intelliplex that does not even show. I have to depend on this web site for my job can you please update your maps. I work for the state of Indiana and we use your system for our standard but it is not acurate. I get lost sometimes using your site for directions and this should not happen.