06 June 2016

Old Faithful Geyser - Yellowstone Park

I know Old Faithful is an American classic, as much so as a bacon cheeseburger with fries or a '57 Chevy, or even Elvis (who appreciated the afore-mentioned classics). 
And I certainly don't mean to be ungrateful or to spit in the proverbial eye of such an amazing natural wonder. 
But I have to say, after all the anticipation created by years of seeing iconic photos like this one - and this one, and especially this stunning one by Ansel Adams - followed by the build up of the gorgeous drive through the Park, the triumph of circumventing the crazy crowded parking lot, the excitement of tracking the faithful event time, and then waiting amongst the ardent throng at the geyser site - after ALL that - true confession - my initial reaction to my highly anticipated first ever live-and-in-person sighting of Old Faithful was, "That's it?" 
(Please understand that this was internally spoken, of course, so as to avoid being bludgeoned by hundreds of camera-wielding tourists who travelled from afar to be awed and not to hear some local-ish yokel behind them say, "Meh.")

Whew. I'm pretty sure this qualifies me as a terrible person, but it sure feels good to get that off my chest.

On an optimistic note, I did find the paint pots to be eerily awesome. 
So, please do not judge me too harshly or abandon ship quite yet - there may be enough redemptive value in my remaining Yellowstone Park pics to off-set my Old Faithful failure.

1 comment:

  1. I think you said it sotto voce - unless we shared a sisters can read each others thoughts moment. It was a great trip - and seriously - the old lady was not at her best.


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