When most people thing about geysers in Yellowstone National Park the first geyser, and possibly the only geyser, they think of is Old Faithful. It really does make sense, Old Faithful erupts on a very regular schedule, typically less than 90 minutes apart, and is one of the most developed areas in the entire park. What a lot of people might not know is that not only are there other geysers in the same general area as Old Faithful, but there are also other geyser basins through out the park. A great example of other geysers in the general area of Old Faithful would be Castle Geyser.
Castle Geyser is within easy walking distance from Old Faithful, and while it only erupts twice a day, I am told that it emits steam all the time which makes for a dramatic scene.
We spent the better park of a morning and early afternoon exploring all the thermal features in the vicinity of Old Faithful but my eyes kept drifting towards the billowing steam from Castle Geyser, I couldn’t seem to keep my eyes off of it. By the time we reached Castle, a small group was starting to form and one of the people there told us that it was getting ready to erupt. Needless to say we staked out some seats on nearby benches to wait for the show.
We waited, and waited, and waited a little longer. Not all geysers are as predictable as Old Faithful, it has that name for a reason, and we were more than willing to be patient. After a little while another park visitor walked along and said “you know that this geyser isn’t going to erupt any time soon don’t you?” This statement lead to a little bit of a debate over the matter between the person who started telling everyone it was going to erupt at around 11:30am and the new arrival who contradicted that. In the end, both were sort of right, Castle was expected to erupt at 11:30, just now 11:30am but 11:30pm.
Even though we didn’t get to see Castle Geyser erupt, I really did enjoy spending some time there, and I loved watching that billowing steam as I walked around the geyser basin.