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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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