Going back in time a bit but want to share the story.
Sometimes I like to surprise the kids with what we are doing for the day and this day was no exception. We drove up to the trailhead for Fairy Falls and I told the kids it was a five mail round trip and an easy path. Having hiked a lot already in the week I got a few grumbles but we moved on. We had a lot planned for the day so we had no intention of going all the way to the fall but a little over a half mile up the path there is a very noticeable section of the trail veering off that we were headed for. When we got closer the color of the steam started to look different colors as it was reflecting the vibrant colors of the spring. Nobody knew what was coming! Once we reached the split in the trail it was a fairly steep climb up the hill around and through a bunch of fallen trees.
As we got higher we were greeted with one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life, the Grand Prismatic. It is the largest hot spring in the US but more than its size is its absolute beauty. It was an emotional experience looking at something so beautiful. We just sat and looked at it for what seemed to be an eternity as we talked about it and what we were thinking. Isaac, Bella, and I hiked up a little higher to get a better view while everyone else relaxed and enjoyed their snacks. Taking our time getting down we worked our way back to the car and headed towards what is probably the most well-known landmark in the park, Old Faithful.
By the time we arrived it was lunch time and we were all hungry so we decided to check out the Yellowstone Inn and see what they had to offer. There were tables and chairs up on the observation deck so we went up there with some food from the deli and while taking a bite of my turkey sandwich I look up and Old Faithful begins to erupt. The kids were so excited and jumped up out of their seats forgetting all about the fact that they were still hungry.
We enjoyed the atmosphere for a little while longer then took off to get some more hiking in. It was great seeing Old Faithful go off from the Inn but we wanted a different perspective so began our trek up to observation point. It was a nice hike taking us high up on the mountain behind the geysers. Looking out over the basin we noticed Castle Geyser erupting and within ten minutes of being at Observation Point, Old Faithful went off again. We were excited to see Old Faithful go off again while we were up there, but to see two geysers at the same time was way more than we could have expected. There were a handful of people up there with us and it was a great place to relax and watch the geysers. Definitely take that short walk up to Observation Point and enjoy the view.
Once back off of the mountain we went to check out the Visitor Center and some of the kids turned in their Junior Ranger packets to get their patch. I saw the expected time posted for the next eruption and decided to head outside and see what it was like among the masses. Hundreds of people were gather around Old Faithful waiting patiently to watch this famous geyser. As the water began to flare up the crowd burst with equal amounts of excitement, oohing and awing with anticipation for the stream to gush higher into the air.
Within a short time we were able to watch Old Faithful in all of its glory from three different perspectives. There is a million things to see and do at Yellowstone, but sometimes it pays off to stay in one place and enjoy it for a while. Even if you are looking at the same thing, each view brings a new and exciting experience.