Geyser Hill-a faithful journey September 27, 2008

October 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm 6 comments

Perhaps the most famous and most photographed Geyser in Yellowstone National Park is the Old Faithful Geyser. When tourist go to visit Old Faithful, they normally wait on the benches surrounding the cone geyser until Old Faithful lives up to it’s name and erupts every ninety minutes or so. Oddly for a Geyser named Old Faithful, the interval between eruptions has increased over the past decades. This is supposedly linked to earthquake activity. Now when Old Faithful is visited by SummitCheese Tourists, there is a critical difference in their behavior. After watching the eruption, we chose to make the trek along the boardwalk to the top of Geyser Hill. Geyser Hill is populated with over 40 geysers including Giantess and Beehive which are two of the largest geysers in Yellowstone. Another intriguing factoid about Geysers is the tremendous amount of life that populates the geysers. As a group of scientists we were all aware of the discovery in 1969 of a new species of thermophilic bacterium called Thermus aquaticus. Eventually the DNA polymerase was isolated from this bacterium and was discovered to have some very useful applications in amplifying DNA. Well the rest is history and we all felt a bit nostalgic as we were bathed in sulphur laced clouds of steam. After reaching the brutal summit of Geyser Hill we broke out the requisite Cheeseburgers and began to enjoy our meal. Sadly, Splasher came into contact with one of the other plentiful wildlife around Yellowstone Geysers and got a nasty Wasp sting on her back. After such a nasty sting, even a Cheeseburger did not sound appetizing so Splasher abstained from our Summit Meal.

The Boys at Geyser Hill

Summits: Splasher, DinoBoy, BarBarJinks, MadeMarion, EsterLinkage, SirloinOfBeef and Wimpy

Cheeseburgers-DinoBoy, BarBarJinks, MadeMarion, EsterLinkage, SirloinOfBeef and Wimpy.


Entry filed under: Wyoming Summits.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. samh  |  October 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Ironically enough I visited Old Faithful the same day I enjoyed a cheeseburger atop the summit of Electric Peak. In fact my cheeseburger was nestled in my backpack in my car mere meters from Old Faithful!

  • 2. sirloinofbeef  |  October 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    The hike was grueling – nearly 1/50 the distance of the Electric Peak hike.

  • 3. wimpy  |  October 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    The distance may have been short, but the elevation gain was brutal. It was probably a good 10-20 feet higher than the benches by Old Faithful

  • 4. GroovyMom  |  October 16, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Wow – this hike is even easier than some of the ones that we took this summer. I REALLY miss the west – where IS that ship? We always went to the Tetons and Yellowstone in the fall.

  • 5. wimpy  |  October 17, 2008 at 8:49 am

    we for sure missed you all on this trip. My first trip to Yellowstone, but I think that it will have to become a tradition

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