In “Geyser Gazing” over my last several posts, CW and I were on a mission to see as many predictable geysers in the Upper Basin as we could. So with Castle Geyser, Black Sand Pool and Daisy Geyser, along with a couple of tasty mid–day milkshakes under our bear–spray toting belts we again commenced bounding down the boardwalk, intent on seeing world–renowned Riverside Geyser erupt. We had its prediction time. Nothing could stop us now!
|Grotto Fountain erupts in the distance|
Except that on our way we were ambushed once again, this time by the impressively spouting Grotto Fountain and its steaming neighbor, Spa Geyser.
|We missed any eruption of Grotto Geyser (foreground)|
|I hunted in the trees for this Grotto Fountain sign|
|Spa Geyser simmers against a backdrop of Grotto Fountain|
Jeez, these things are everywhere!
In my three summers at Yellowstone I had patiently listened to people rave on and on about how totally amazing(!) Riverside was, but I had never personally seen it erupt. I finally got so annoyed at listening to everyone that I decided I simply must succumb to the pressure. I would elbow my way through the Old Faithful crowds to see it. Strangely enough the Friday before Labor Day turned out to be a perfect, crowd–free day.
|Riverside eruption prediction sign|
CW and I dragged ourselves away from the shimmering jets of Grotto Fountain (not an easy task to accomplish) and plunked ourselves down on a bench to wait in what scant shade we could find. Eventually we relocated to a scorchingly sunny spot on a log that was as close as we could get to the geyser without actually wading into and across the Firehole River.
Was it worth a three–year wait to see that arching spray of liquid diamonds and brilliant rainbow of Riverside Geyser?
|An ephemeral rainbow exists in the mist|
This picture says it all!
|After a day of serious geyser gazing!|