Water for the Geyser comes from an underground river that's 350 degrees and is two miles below the surface. In the early days of the National Geographic Society, this geyser was declared one of only three "faithful" geysers in the world because of its regular eruptions.
|It erupted quite often; there was very little wait time between|
|the Old Faithful Geyser of California|
|the hot mineral therapy pool|
From off to the side, we saw the Napa Valley Palisades, in the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, just east of Mount Saint Helena, and is in the North Coast Mountain Range. The Palisades contain three large amphitheaters, and in each is a small spring-fed streamlet; they're made of volcanic rock from the last volcanic eruption about 1.5 millions years ago and is a result of extensive lava protrusions. On a clear day, when standing atop the Palisades, one can see Clear Lake, St. Helena, Napa, and San Francisco. In the foreground was the Old Faithful Capped Geyser, which was capped in 1916, the same year it was drilled. In the mid-1900s, this geyser was put back into service as part of the hot mineral therapy pool. Waters from the hot springs and geysers in the Calistoga area was most commonly used for bathing and drinking, but in the 1900s, water was used to heat homes and other buildings.
|the Napa Valley Palisades in the background; in the|
foreground is the Old Faithful Capped Geyser
In North America, since the 1980s, llamas have been used as livestock guards in areas of the country where larger predators, such as the coyote, are prevalent. Typically a single castrated male is used for this purpose.
|Except to move its head, the guard llama didn't |
move the entire time we were there.
"Fainting goats” are a distinctly American breed with an obscure origin. Sometime during the 1880s, a transient farm worker thought to have been from Nova Scotia brought his goats to Marshall County, Tennessee. After having spent many years in the area, he left his goats behind with another farmer to breed. After much research, only recently new information suggests that original goats that shared the breed may have come from the mountainous areas of Europe. Myotonia Congenita is the medical term to describe stiffening; this simply means that the condition is inherited from prior generations and is no longer considered a defect. Myotonia occurs in the muscle fiber and not the central nervous system. Myotonia has been observed in dogs (chow chows), mice, quarter horses, tumbler pigeons, sheep, and humans.
|Tennessee Fainting Goats|
|Jacob's Four-Horn Sheep|