Tuesday, April 17, 2012

O is for an Ode to Old Faithful

F.Y.I. I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge.  Stop by tomorrow and check out my Pleiades poem on the letter P.

An Ode to Old Faithful 

O Geyser of faithfulness centuries old
Your foretelling of blowing matched by none
A force of nature stunning to behold
 Rumbling, tumbling, bursting from below
O thou miraculous feat of natures plumbing
8,400 gallons of boiling water you throw
 Exploding across the sapphire sky
Who dares challenge you geyser of faith?
Each blow bequeaths a voiceless sigh
Thou jet stream billows above the land
Power and grace equal to none other
Water, steam, mist so grand
  Fierce eruptions; hear, O hear!
Old Faithful, faithful year after year

 If  you've been following me on this A to Z journey, you can attest to the fact that we have seen a lot of National Parks. Yellowstone tops my list of  must see parks. It is massive! We spent a week there, put 700 miles on our rented truck and still did not see everything. If you want to hear more about Yellowstone National Park stop back on April 28th for my post: Y is for Yellowstone. Most visitors come to Yellowstone to look for Yogi Bear and to see the main attraction, Old Faithful; the most predictable geographical feature on earth. Erupting every 60-90 minutes Old Faithful helps draw over 2.3 million tourists to the park annually between the summer months of June, July and August.

We, like the two million other people, went in the summer, when this popular attraction is VERY crowded. We were literally shuffling our way, shoulder to shoulder, through the crowds at Old Faithful Inn where we went to watch the geyser blow. The balcony of Old Faithful Inn provided us with a little more breathing room and a spectacular view to watch Old Faithful erupt. The great thing about Old Faithful is it is faithful. If you don't get a good view the first time around, buy an ice-cream cone and wait for a front row seat to the next showing. After seeing our first eruption, we strolled down past the dissipating crowds for a closer look at the next one.  Having a front row seat to the event was definitely worth the wait. Yellowstone Park has over 500 geysers. Rangers are able to predict the eruption of a few other geysers within the park; however, none remain as trustworthy as Old Faithful.

See it Live! Old Faithful Webcam

Muse For Today: Have you ever seen a geyser blow?


Betty Alark said...

Hi, Jenn!

Only on television; sure that's nothing like being there! Sounds like everyone had an exciting time!

Like the Ode to Old Faithful!


Judy said...

I've been to Yellowstone . . .once . . . and we were actually just "driving through" - - yes, that's possible! So, unfortunately we didn't get to see Old Faithful. Someday, hopefully.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Hi Betty, Glad you enjoyed my Ode to Old Faithful; it is a site to see. The web cam seems to be working today, if you want a LIVE view of it erupting Old Faithful Webcam.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Hi Judy,
Even driving through you proabably saw some amazing sites. You can check out a LIVE view of the geyser at the Old Faithful Webcam

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

I've never seen in person, but I really want to. I just taught about it to my 5th grader two weeks ago and we watched a cool video about O.F.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes I have! We visited Yellowstone when I was a kid.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Jaycee, I too hope you get to see Old Faithful. You and your 5th grader will love it.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Cool Alex! I bet it was even more fun to see it as a kid.

Bonnie said...

Last summer my hubby and I did a road trip that included a stop in Yellowstone. It was my first time there and it was amazing!!!

We are hoping to visit Yosemite sometime, too. :)

Looking forward to 'Y'!

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