We travel around the world to see natures beautiful creations - waterfalls, mountains, beaches, etc. - many of which have existed for a long time. But how often do you get a chance to see new earth being created? Kilauea is an active volcano on the southern coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Pu'u 'O'o vent on the eastern rift zone has been erupting continuously sending lava flows down the volcanic slopes and into the ocean.
Viewing the lava flow up-close is a very popular activity for visitors of Hawaii. Among other options, a hike to the lava flow area is the best possible up-close and personal experience. It is an adventurous hike that demands good physical fitness and requires some preparation. It involves quite a hike on a very uneven and potentially dangerous lava field. The hiking distance is unpredictable as conditions change daily or even hourly. But the reward is just unbelievable.
One more dream destination checked off our bucket list. We went on this trip to Wyoming few months ago (Fall '17) and I already published few blog posts on it. But it took me forever to finish this trip report, partly because I had too many photos to sort through and mostly because I was lazy. Anyways, I thought better late than never and finally it's here now. How could I not share a marvelous place like this with everyone. Let me warn you though, this is a long one.
This was a long weekend fall trip a while ago. Fall is always tricky because we either go too early or too late. Sometimes we go back but most times it is not feasible. To Utah, we were late unfortunately.
Fountain Paint Pot area showcases an impressive collection of all four of the hydro-thermal features in Yellowstone National Park - fascinating mud-pots, exploding geysers, colorful hot springs and fumaroles. Of all the groups in Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pot is the most interesting group to explore.
Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park has the highest concentration of geysers in the world. A variety of thermal features exist in this 2 square mile area - geysers, hot springs and fumaroles. Upper Geyser Basin is home to the world's most famous geyser - Old Faithful. It also features other impressive predictable geysers - Grand, Castle, Daisy and Riverside geysers.
Over the years we have lived in beautiful Golden State we have seen many popular attractions. Yet it is so vast that we still have a long list of places we need to cover. But on this 10 day road trip we did not want to rush and make it only about visiting popular tourist destinations. We designed this itinerary with photography as our main goal while having the best relaxing time.
What do you do when you fall in love with a place? You go there again and again. And that is what we did! This was our third trip to Alaska. After lots of planning around the dates and routes, we came up with an itinerary that allowed us enough time to explore and capture each place. This was a 7 day trip and we prepared ourselves to drive a lot.
Our trip started with flying to Anchorage from LA on a midnight flight, then a drive to Denali National Park followed by a trip to Valdez with a stop over at Palmer and finally back to Anchorage for a flight to LA.
Our trip to “The Garden Island” came about when we stumbled upon a new year’s eve fireworks event poster on the internet. So we decided to travel to Kauai, 3rd island we visited in the Hawaiian archipelago. Not much in advance we made our travel arrangements for a 4 day/3 night trip. On the day of new year’s eve, after a 6 hour delayed flight from Long Beach, we finally arrived at Lihue airport, Kauai.
Biscuit Basin is a geothermal area located inside Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It was named after biscuit-like sinter deposits that once surrounded the bright blue Sapphire Pool in the basin. Even though the biscuit deposits barely exist today, various other colorful pools and interesting formations are worth a visit.
A volcanic explosion 150,000 years ago formed the small caldera known as West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Though it occurred many thousand years ago West Thumb is still thermally active with geysers, springs and mud pots. It is the largest geyser basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.