Elsewhere in the park, at Lower Geyser Basin, where we stopped to see the Fountain Paint Pots, we were treated to an abrupt and sustained eruption of Clepsydra Geyser - so vigorous that the steam cloud engulfed part of the boardwalk, scattering a handful of visitors.
If you watch this one from the boardwalk, you'll have plenty of company, but for a much different perspective, cross the Firehole River on a nearby bridge and detour onto the Observation Point Trail.
Byrne III, who remains the town's mayor today, went on a quest to find a better boardwalk material that would stand up to the oceanside weather and the millions of pedestrians who visit the beach community each year.
After researching the code compliance and properties of Trex decking, Mayor Byrne and the town council approved the building material for the new boardwalk.
After ten years, we're still getting compliments on the boardwalk," said Mayor Byrne.