Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Old Faithful Geyser Of California!

Since we were waiting for the wineries to open, we thought it would be fun to check out the Old Faithful Geyser of California.

When we arrived, we had just missed seeing it go off. The next eruption wasn't due to happen for approximately 30 minutes, so we decided to walk around and check things out.

This is what it looks like in between eruptions.

Not really much to look at!

The geyser has several smaller eruptions as the pressure builds up. But, it likes to take it's time, and fake you out a few times, before it really decides to let loose!

There were many false alarms, where we would rush to get the camera pointed in the right direction, only to have it cough, and spit a little, then calm back down as it mocked us from it's hot, molten magma filled cavities, deep within the earth.

But, eventually, it started to bubble again!

Gurgle!! Hiss!! Sputter!! Splash!!

This might be it!

Going! GOING?

OOOOOH! It's the big one! You hear that Elizabeth?

And, there she BLOWS! Sending steam and scalding water 60 to 100 feet into the air!

LOOK! A rainbow wanted in on the action!

The Old Faithful Geyser of California is one of three geysers in the world with the designation "old faithful." These are the geysers that perform at regular intervals. A geyser exists only where conditions are right. These conditions include a natural deep subterranean supply of water, a source of heat and a series of fissures, fractures and cavities that provide a path to the surface of the earth. Surrounding rock formations must be strong enough to maintain continual onslaughts of the intense pressure of steam and water explosions. (This paragraph of information was taken from the website.)

While we were waiting, I saw this Pampas grass and couldn't resist taking a few pictures.

Isn't it GORGEOUS?

I LOVED the way the light was shining through it!

Of course, the geyser experience wouldn't be complete without seeing a few sheep and llamas!

HUH? What? Sheep and llamas?

YEP! Don't know why! But, we took pictures! LOL!

Look at those eyes!

We interrupted breakfast!

Don't forget my breakfast!

Forget breakfast! Can I get a toothbrush! PLEASE!

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