We found out that, Yes, there is a geyser like "Old Faithful" in California and it is only about 30 miles north of where we are camping. It is much smaller but is very regular in its eruptions.
We traveled with Phyllis to see it. It was small. It reached heights of 50 or more feet. We could walk very close to the opening. The area where we could stand was about 30 feet out from the geyser.
The pattern for eruptions after a 20 or 30 minutes of silence would be a bubble and splash for about 2 minutes. Then there would be a pause and after several more minutes, it started erupting which would last as long as 5 minutes. If we got down wind, it would get you wet and the smell of sulfur would be very strong.
There was a very good explanation of geysers and details on the way this one functioned.
This geyser could stop if there is an earthquake that closes the cavern or blocks the passage to the surface.
We enjoyed just watching it erupt and waiting to hear the sound of the building pressure.
After visiting the geyser we were hungry and drove back through Calistoga to find a very nice Italian Restaurant.
I had never seen a sign like this before. I think that the fact that the building had stood since 1890 should give it some credit for being a survivor of many earthquakes.
And this sign attracted some attention too.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...