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Mr. Selfish and I didn’t have any real expectations for the hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone. We had visited some areas with volcanic activity recently in New Zealand and weren’t too sure how they would be different. We were happy to discover that Yellowstone is quite different since it has the most geysers on earth.

Old Faithful: Awesomeness Every 90 Minutes

Mr. Selfish and I had heard about Old Faithful on numerous occasions and assumed that it would just be a lot of hype and a huge tourist trap. We were wrong. Old Faithful is worth all of the hype.

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Erupting almost every 91 minutes, Old Faithful is known as the most predictable geyser on earth. It erupts between 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of water at a height of 106 to 185 feet for approximately one to five minutes. It was quite impressive to watch. Mr. Selfish and I showed up just in time to catch an eruption.

Grand Prismatic Spring: #3 Largest but Most Beautiful Spring

After watching Old Faithful’s eruption, we headed to the Midway Geyser Basin to see the Grand Prismatic Spring. We came upon a tour bus of Chinese tourists, about which we were not too thrilled. Luckily, the trail around the hot spring is a loop, and we smartly decided to go in the opposite direction of the large tour group.

Although we saw the largest hot spring in the world in Rotoura, New Zealand, I found the Grand Prismatic Spring (the third largest in the world) to be the most beautiful. The colors are crazy vivid due to the bacteria that grows on the edge of the spring.

We hiked up a nearby hill to get a better view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. The hill is at the start of the Fairy Falls Trail. It is a short hike with an amazing view at the end.

Firehole Lake Drive: Two Miles of Cool Stuff

Because we didn’t get enough hot springs, Mr. Selfish and I also drove the 2-mile stretch known as the Firehole Lake Drive. It is one-way drive through different hot springs and geysers. We particularly enjoyed the Great Fountain Geyser (which was not erupting) and the White Dome Geyser (which was erupting).

Finally, we saw some wild life near the geysers. We were lucky enough to see some buffalo and elk. I imagine that the hot springs are quite toasty and that’s why the animals like it.

That’s it for our one and a half day visit at Yellowstone. Tomorrow, we’ll go over where we stayed near Yellowstone.