Thu 11 Aug 2011

We made it through our first night in the campground. Neither of us slept great, but we slept well enough. The temperature got down in the thirties, so it was pretty chilly.

Once we were up, we headed to the Old Faithful area. We visited one of the stores for some supplies, then the Visitor Center for the next eruption of Old Faithful. Since the next time was over an hour away, we decided to hike around the geyser loop trail, then up the hill to Solitary Gryser before heading over to Observation Point for a distant and high view of the Old Faithful eruption.

After the eruption, we ate lunch at the Geyser Grill. After a visit to the gift shop, we headed to the Mystic Falls and Overlook trail. This is a 3-mile loop trail that begins at the end of the Biscuit Basin boardwalk. The hike to the falls is fairly easy, with only a little increase in elevation. The falls on the Little Firehole River are very
impressive with a high volume.

After the falls, we headed upward about 500 feet to get to the observation area that gave a view of the valley all the way back to the Old Faithful area over 2 miles away. Coincidentally, Old Faithful began erupting, so we got to see an even more distant eruption than earlier in the day from Observation Point.

From there, we returned to the Biscuit Basin area, completing our hike.

After that , we went to Old Faithful Inn for Richard to take a shower. The inn is a spectacular seven story all wood constructed building. Teagan spent some time taking pictures, then went off to the shops.

We returned to the camp site and cooke supper, built a fire, and began planning our next day.

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