|California Geyser erupting|
Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga California has it's name for a reason. The geyser erupts about every thirty to forty minutes and spews a column of water in the air about 60 to 100 feet high. Old faithful at Yellowstone National Park erupts anywhere from about one hour to two hour intervals. The eruptions are the result of underground water passing over hot magma which heats the water to past boiling temperatures. The water actually comes from an underground river. Similar to boiling water in a steam engine, the super heated water builds up pressure and when the pressure reaches a certain point the eruption occurs. The eruption is the underground pressure being released through fissures and fractures in the surface.
|Steam being vented before geyser eruption|
|Jacobs Four Horned Sheep|
The location of California Old Faithful is 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA. This is about three miles north of the Calistoga downtown area. The geyser is just east of California Hwy 128.
Two additional articles with photos we have written and that make excellent northern California wine country destinations are The First Winery in Sonoma County and a visit to the Sonoma Mission in Sonoma California. Below is a video of the California Geyser erupting.
(Photos are from author's private collection)
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