Campbell's 2017 Western Trip travel blog

Old Faithful Eruption at 7:12 AM

Steam from Ground Around Old Faithful

Colorful Formation

View from Old Faithful Walkway

Breakfast at Old Faithful Inn

Buffalo along Road

Eclipse Observers

Crescents Under Tree

Idaho Trout Dinner at KOA Restaurant

KOA Hamburger

InstaPot-Made Peach Jam on Toast

Cut Oat Cereal from InstaPot

Corn on Cob from InstaPot

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Bubbling Hot Water

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Old Faithful Eruption

August 21 – Visit to Old Faithful and Experiencing the Eclipse

We again got up early, not due to Martha, and headed for Old Faithful at 6 AM. There were few cars on the park roads so arrive at Old Faithful at 7 AM, just in time for the 7:12 AM eruption.

We walked the loop around the geyser to view the bubbling pots of water and then had a buffet breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn Restaurant.

Before heading back to the campground, we visited the empty Visitor’s Center to chat with the rangers who stated that having so few visitors was very unusual, the same statement from our restaurant waitress.

On our travels back to the campground, we passed two buffalo near a stream. Just as there were few tourists at Old Faithful, there were few animals seen in our travels the last three days – a couple elk and three buffalo. We were expecting to see many more.

Back at the campground, Kathleen used her InstaPot to make my cut oatmeal cereal, cook ear corn for lunch and start a batch of yogurt. The dishes took 3 minutes, 5 minutes and 8 hours respectively. The pot whistles when it gets to pressure and when the cook time is complete.

Did I mention that this particular InstaPot model has a altitude compensation feature so Kathleen could dial in the 6700 feet elevation of our campground?

In between updating the travel journal and InstaPotting, we used our solar glasses to view the eclipse which here in West Yellowstone was not complete, a sliver crescent remained at the peak of the eclipse.

Nuts and Bolts -The oil level was checked and one quart added and the air horn tank was filled.

Camera Study – I studied how to adjust the white balance on my camera using a gray card. I also paired our selfie-stick to my iPhone that uses Bluetooth and I learned that I can transfer iPhone photos to my laptop with a hard wire connection.

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