Geyser Envy

People visit Yellowstone National Park to see Old Faithful.  They see other sights there, too, but that cash cow moneymaker that those park ranger fatcats make those piles of money with is Old Faithful.  They even built a lodge overlooking the thing.

I enjoyed watching Old Faithful erupt, sure.  I would think it difficult to find someone who doesn’t like watching boiling hot water shoot out of the earth hundreds of feet in the air.  That’s pretty cool.  (By the way, if you know someone who hates geysers, don’t be his friend.  He’s got problems).  But what I didn’t enjoy was the fact there was a perfectly good geyser very close to Old Faithful that no stopped to look at: Castle Geyser.

A really solid geyser.  It has character, this geyser.  But no one will ever know, because they’re focused on the established geyser and the well-known tricks that geyser can do.  They don’t want to take a chance with this scrappy, unknown geyser.  But Castle Geyser’s got dreams, darn it!

It’s got a bad location, that’s the problem.  Right next to the most famous geyser in the world!  Sadly, that means it’ll always play second banana to the Big Man.  Always opening, never headlining.  How can anyone live a successful geyser life under the massive shadow of Old Faithful?  It’s flashy, it’s punctual, it’s iconic.  You can’t compete with that.  Well, I’m rooting for you, Castle Geyser.  You’ll get your shot one day, and not your regular, “every 10-12 hours” one.

Oct 2012
POSTED BY travelbugrobert

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