Old Faithful geyser, erupting just about every 90 minutes: for many years, this geological icon, and the camera-toting tourists who watch its super-heated water spew skyward, constituted my mental imagery of Yellowstone National Park. Sure, I knew bears and bison wandered this pretty wilderness area, too. All very nice, but I was in no rush to visit.
Sometimes I can get things wrong. Really, really wrong.
Six years ago, I finally went to Yellowstone. I've returned twice and the region's beauty lingers in my dreams.