While the image on the left might appear to be a vintage photograph of Old Faithful erupting sometime in the distant past, it’s not. It’s actually an eruption that took place yesterday.
A remotely operated, live streaming webcam allows internet visitors to view real time images from the upper geyser basin. The controls are not available to the viewing public so you are limited to whatever view the camera operator has chosen. Fortunately, when I was watching yesterday, the camera was panned to Old Faithful as people began arriving to see the eruption.
The image is actually cropped from a photograph I took of my computer screen during the eruption. I tried to do a screen capture before the eruption actually occurred, but when I pasted the result into my photo editor, the video image block was black. So I grabbed my camera and snapped a few pictures while Old Faithful was erupting. Then, in my photo editor, I optimized the best image to get rid of the video look and, then, put the result through a filter to give it an aged look.
While looking for resource materials for the new Yellowstone National Park page that I am working on, I couldn’t find any footage on YouTube that shows the early days of tourism in the park. The Internet Archive site can be a good source for public domain material and is where I found the following video, which I uploaded to YouTube. It includes images of an early recreational vehicle — a trailer –, boiling an egg in a hot thermal pool, a man feeding a bear, Old Faithful geyser, and old Faithful Inn.
If you like to run, hike, walk, or stroll, or if you ride a bicycle, the Big Dam Bridge in central Arkansas is well worth a stop.
Opened in 2006, it’s built specifically for pedestrian and bicycle use and is the world’s longest bridge specifically constructed for that purpose. Built over Murray Lock and Dam, it crosses the Arkansas River between Murray Park on the Little Rock side and Cook’s Landing Park on the North Little Rock side. It’s a major addition to the Arkansas River Trail, which will eventually be nearly 25 miles long. Its official name is Pulaski County Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge – Murray Lock and Dam.
This blog was started somewhere around or before April 2005.
Yesterday, I deleted all posts from before May 2008 — three years of blogging — somewhere around 400 or 500 posts.
Oh, the information in them isn’t lost. I’ve got it all saved on private pages, so that I can go back — if I so desire — and review it before final deletion.
As I was going through the process, I did see a number of posts that will be worthwhile reusing. After all, an old post reused is a new post to someone who has never seen it.
Many of the reused posts will be from the trips we took in 2007, some of the things we saw, and some of the things that happened to us we experienced.
In the links at the very top of the page, you’ll see one called Places & Links. That’s new and goes to the beginning of what I hope to be a valuable collection of links, where I can store links to travel, camping, and RV sites that are of interest to me — and that may be useful to others.
I’ve been publishing material on this blog for nearly four years and it’s never been what I would like for it to be — so I’m going to be making some changes in what’s here, how things are presented, and what I’m going to include.
I hope to write at least one or two posts a week about places we’ve been and things we’ve seen or other topics related to camping, outdoors, travel, or RVs. I may even resurrect and update some older material, if the content is decent and interesting. However, I do not envision a new post every single day.
I’ll also be posting links to interesting blog posts or web pages that other folks have published about their travels.
The Photo of the Day is going away. I’ll still be posting pictures, but they won’t be fillers for the text that’s not here. Each post will have photos related to the topics. If I can figure out how, Out ‘n About may end up having a sister photoblog, where the main focus is on the photos.
I’m also going to be deleting most of the older posts where the content is minimal, nonexistant or otherwise has little value and will be editing and reducing the number of blog categories.