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Am I the only one who knows...

that old faithful isn't on a "schedule"?

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I mean, I realize I LIVE in Yellowstone, so perhaps I have a little more knowledge than everyone else...but in the past few weeks I've been asked if I have a schedule for the geyser, if it goes off at night, and wether or not we "light it up" after dark. ?Am I being judgmental or are these people really as dumb as I think they are??

Re: Am I the only one who knows...

  • You mean it doesn't go off every 1 hour 23 minutes and 15 seconds?? Someone better get old "faithful" an alarm clock.?image
  • I've never really thought about it, but I think that is something that people think because of the name, that it goes off with some level of reliability.?
  • Yeah, I'd probably be dumb enough to assume lighting it up would be a possibility, as would having a vague idea of when it might blow.
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  • Yes, I would be dumb enough to ask most of those questions.  I have no clue if it's lit up at night or not.

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  • Has anyone asked you when the deer turn into elk????  One of the nurses I work with is also a park ranger and that is her favorite question of all time.  And apparently it's a common one!
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  • What time do they let the bears out to feed them?

    I overheard that one in Glacier Natinoal Park.  Here... rub this huckleberry lotion all over and go for a hike.  I bet you'll get to experience feeding time.

  • I've got one for you. I used to be a tourguide in St. Louis, and part of my job was to stand on the street below the Arch to drum up sales, so turistas asked me tons of questions, here's my favorite:

    "So, is that thing man-made, or did it just grow there?"  Keep in mind it's a 630 foot tall steel structure with an *elevator* inside that takes you to the top where you can look out the windows and see Missouri out one side and Illinois on the other side, and he was holding in his hand his ticket from just having taken the trip up.

    My response, one of the only times I was quick on my feet, "No sir, not man made, just goes to show you what a bobby pin, some Miracle-Gro, and a really rainy spring will do for you."  "Wow," and he walked away.

     

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  • image choirgirl:

    My response, one of the only times I was quick on my feet, "No sir, not man made, just goes to show you what a bobby pin, some Miracle-Gro, and a really rainy spring will do for you."  "Wow," and he walked away.

     

    I love your response!

  • Sitting here discussing this with DH and my step son.  He says (SS), that "the duration of the eruption determines the timespan between the current erution and the next eruption...".  Lisa?  What do you have to say about this? :)

    ETA: SS is 11 and is a super smarty pants :)

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