Old Faithful Geyser Calistoga Reviews
'move over Yellowstone!' ;) Aug 07, 2015
Heading up toward Napa Valley? Napa Valley is a town north of San Francisco and frequently visited by elites and socialites. Napa Valley lies slightly inland in the north of the State and home for thousands of rich wineries. Sweeping vineyards in a sun-soaked stretch of rolling country hills is the typical scenery in this region of California that also offers a Mediterranean climate -- balmy weather and cloudless blue skies! But Napa Valley becomes overrated if it's just about the wineries. Hey, nature enthusiasts will love exploring its wild landscape. Take for example the natural geyser in the small town named; Calistoga, also part of the Sonoma County.
I say it is “natural” because man does not manipulate geyser, but a phenomenon! The underground river encounters hot magma in the depths of the earth. When the river water reached the “boiling point,” then it erupts or squirts scalding water out onto the surface of the earth. A real mystery? Hmmm...
This geothermal geyser we have here in California is one of the three old faithful in the world that are predictable, erupting as if set on time. That’s why these natural wonders are called Old Faithful; because they are very faithful ( ;>) when it comes to squirting “their” boiling water.
The California's Old Faithful erupts every 45 minutes and spouts up sixty feet into the air. The eruption lasts for twenty minutes before it stops, and then forty-five minutes later, the sound of rumble and gurgling from underneath the earth is heard; lo and behold, it spouts high again. Visitors may enjoy the “show” for as long as they want. There is no time limit to stay in the vicinity. There are plastic as well as cushioned chairs to sit on while enjoying this nature’s performance as many times as visitors’ desire.
Besides the Old Faithful, youngsters or young at heart could also enjoy a few kinds of animals like llamas and goats in the little barn just ten or twenty meters away from the geyser area. The land property is private owned, and so it is fenced off which also means that an entrance fee is required to enter. Entrance fee is $14.00 per person. For military personnel with an identification card, scores a couple dollar off. For those who timed their visit during lunch hours and brought sack lunch, the use of picnic tables is free. Sunset is a great time to be there.
For those who long to see the Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, but couldn’t make it due to varied reasons; well, this “junior” version in California is worth a visit. My only ‘negative’ comment is the overpriced entrance fee. Yes, this is a cool attraction but not necessarily $14.00; should be a $6.00 attraction!
An ample parking suggests California's Old Faithful is a favorite Napa Valley attraction. Please do check the website for more information.
Part of the WHIRLWIND ROAD TRIPS IN AND AROUND CALIFORNIA travel blog
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