Hard to imagine, but I had been waiting over half a century for yesterday. When I was a kid, a girl in my class at school went to Yellowstone National Park one summer. She came back with tales that sparked my imagination and set me on a lifelong yen to see Old Faithful. Yesterday, I was privileged to see it with our whole family, which made it all the more special.
We left Big Sky, Montana by 8 AM with our guide for the day. John picked us in a big van and drove us to the park. Along the way, John gave us a crash course in all things Yellowstone. We made several stops before we arrived at Old Faithful. Several of us really liked the Fountain Paint Pot area. Others loved seeing the herds of bison, and others thought the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was the most amazing sight. Seeing the grizzly was another highlight. Still, everyone stood in awe when Old Faithful erupted. John told us to relax and enjoy the eruption and he would make a video for us. True to his word, he has already sent the video to us and I will share it here.
So there we stood, savoring the moment and the experience. Harvey, at age two, was not so awestruck. But he made the experience completely unforgettable by exclaiming, “Uh oh! Oh, no! What happened?” Just then, he noticed that almost everyone had their cameras and phones up making videos of the eruption. Since he is very accustomed to having his picture taken with a phone, he immediately decided that everyone was taking pictures of him and began exclaiming, “Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!” Waiting a half century to see a geyser is a long time. Seeing Old Faithful with Harvey made it all the more thrilling and so very worth the wait.