Wednesday August 5, 2020
I woke up to temps in the lower 40’s. It was 58 in the van, but nice and toasty under the covers. The alarm went off at 5am. I wanted to head out early to beat some of the crowds.
I arrived at Old Faithful at 7am. The next possible eruption is at 8 am. I tour some of the other geysers before getting a good spot to see Old Faithful. The eruption is short.
As I am walking by Lion Geyser it starts to erupt. Creating a rainbow in the process.
The sulfur smell while going by some of them was a little intense. I chose to walk to walk by those quickly. I could also feel the heat from them as I walked by.
Next up is a hike to Mystic Falls. I hit the 2 mile trail fairly early. I am hiking alone so I have my bear spray in my hand ready to fire if needed. The 70 foot falls are spectacular!
It is getting late quick, but I head over to Bisket Basin hoping to find a parking spot. I do. I hike the 5 mile trail to Fairy Falls. Everyone seems to be out and about now. The trail is busy. I wear my mask as people approach and try to give them 6 feet. Though most people seem to disregard the 6 feet social distancing.
Fairy falls is the seventh tallest falls in the park at 197 feet. I bet it is really stunning when the water is high.
The last stop for the day is Firehole Falls. It is located off of Firehole Canyon Rd. It is just a stop and take a picture type of view. The falls were very loud with high water.
By the end of the day this guy is all tuckered out.