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.
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest hydrothermal area in Yellowstone National Park. It features a large number of impressive geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles like no other area in the park. The world's tallest geyser, Steamboat Geyser, is in Norris Geyser Basin. Unlike most other geyser areas, the water in Norris is very acidic and the smell from fumes emitted can be quiet strong.
Black Sand Basin is one of Yellowstone National Parks small geothermal areas with colorful pools, hot springs and geysers. The name "Black Sand" comes from fragments of black Obsidian found across the basin. Obsidian is a natural form of volcanic glass which formed when lava cools rapidly.