The vast majority of the day was dull. Hours upon hours of sitting in the car. We did begin listening to Kerouac’s On the Road and we all reminisced about the places across the country we’ve been as they were mentioned. We stopped for gas a few times and even ran into a Target for the last peanut butter, jelly, and cereal stock up of the trip. A four and a half star (according to Yelp) laundromat was another stop. Dinner was at the Slippery Otter in West Yellowstone, a spot we stopped at four years ago to watch the Women’s World Cup.
Finally, at 8:00, the fun of the day began. After checking into Old Faithful Inn for three nights (the longest we’ve been in the same spot since Moab), we snagged front row seats for the iconic eruption. The geothermal activity here just blows my mind and I’m looking forward to learning more about it during the next couple of days. After the natural show, we decided to do a bit of a walk in the boardwalk trail. It was really good to move our legs after sitting all day long. We only made it about two miles due to the rampant mosquitoes. It reminded me of my most hated National Park visit, the Everglades in a July when I was a teenager. We ended up booking it back to lodge.
It’s now 10:30 and we just had the girls get out of bed and go to the window. Old Faithful is erupting and seeing it at night, partially lit by the bright moon, is a moment I want to long remember.