Friday, February 8, 2013

Old Fred Gerlach's Place

Fly Geyser.

I want to share some photos from a very special trip.

Last weekend—for our anniversary—I took my girlfriend to the Black Rock Desert (where else would you take a Nevada girl?). We went hot springing, bought pottery at Planet X, ate dinner at Bruno's, and incredibly, visited the famous Fly Ranch and its geyser.

Thank you to the folks at Black Rock Mud, Shelly Egbert and her wonderful family for an incredible experience.


The geyser was created in the 1960s after drilling a geothermal test well.

According to reports, the well was left uncapped.

The water was allowed to shoot from the well...

...and calcium carbonate deposits began to form.

Across the pond—some distance—you can see the original Fly Ranch well.

The Fly Ranch was first homesteaded in the late 1800s by Fred Gerlach,
son of Louis, for whom the town of Gerlach was named.

While we were there, I shot a few photos for Instagram.

The geyser's color is the result of thermophilic algae, which flourishes in moist, hot environments.

The ranch and geyser are on private land in Hualapai Valley.

From Instagram: Planet X Pottery.

Also known as "Doobie".

"If rock is moving,
wind is blowing;
wet, it's raining;
white, it's snowing."

Old Razorback.

From Instagram: Sunset in Gerlach.