Thursday, March 09, 2017


Hubby and I took the kids to Yellowstone park a few years ago (enough years ago the two younger ones weren't born yet). While there, we stopped to watch Old Faithful, of course. Why else would you go to the park?

While sitting on the benches waiting I overheard the couple next to us talking. They had read the information at the gate about the geyser erupting between x and y minutes apart (in other words, not exactly to the minute, but within a reliable range). They had talked to people who had seen the eruption, describing it as over 100 feet tall. They had read the literature all around the park about this geyser.

About the time for eruption, Old Faithful gave a sputter and spurt a bit of water a couple of feet into the air. Then it settled down again.

This couple made noises of disgust and left.

Not five minutes later she blew more than 100 feet up.

They missed it.

They missed it because they chose not to believe the witness of their fellow human, those thousands of us who have seen the geyser blow before over the course of more than 100 years.

They chose to be doubters.

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