This was one of the most memorable – and certainly one of the most photogenic moments – so far on the road trip.
We arrived at the Old Faithful Inn late on Wednesday after striking out on a couple of other attempted activities. At least we’ll be able to see the last Old Faithful eruption before sunset, we thought. Then, a storm started brewing, the temperature plummeted into the 50s, and the wind started to blow. Our seats out on the balcony weren’t very comfortable any more. We toughed it out.
The predicted time for the eruption came and went (they give OF +/- 10 minutes) and still the wind blew. The sun was setting. We were discouraged.
Suddenly, the rain stopped, the wind calmed, and the sun peeked through at the horizon – revealing the most extraordinary rainbow any of us had ever seen.
The show wasn’t over yet, though – we still had an eruption coming. As soon as the rainbow appeared, spectators started pouring out of every door and alcove near the geyser. We went from a quiet (though windy) evening, to a raucous crowd all anxious for Old Faithful to deliver before the sun went down, taking the rainbow with her. The atmosphere was a lot like that at a horse race, where the crowd is 100% behind a favorite horse that’s making a big move in the last turn. We were standing, and cheering, and actually encouraging Old Faithful to make her move, and blow into full eruption.
At two minutes past sunset, she did just that, revealing what we were hoping – an iconic geyser erupting into a brilliant double rainbow, witnessed from the balcony of the Old Faithful Inn.
And the crowd went wild, as they say.