Storm Francis landed on the coastal village of Waterville precisely at 2100 hour, according to forecast. Throughout the night, the wind roared, the ocean raged, the roof rattled, I slept like a baby.Continue reading “The Skellig Ring”
In the morning I woke up to the sound of pattering rain.
At the Porto airport, a Sixt rental agent was trying to upsell us a Mercedes-Benz. It’s only 42€/day she claimed – 18€ more than the Smart car we booked off Expedia – and it would come in handy when you drive those mountain roads. She almost had us, that is, until we reviewed the total amount and realized that, contrary to our understanding, the daily rate had now jumped to 66€ (almost tripled the amount we had initially signed up for) and we were going to be driving for 9 days. We politely declined her offer and kept our Smart.
“No human architect ever designed such intricate fountains as these.
Artist point offers one of the most photographed views in Yellowstone.
Both the upper and lower decks were awash with tour groups and of course everybody wanted to take a picture of themselves in front of this iconic view, sans others. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone Falls & a Bear”
Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest and most dynamic thermal area in the park. It is also the location of the world’s tallest active geyser. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Norris Geyser Basin”
Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2). To make the most of it in four and half days seems ambitious. It is nonetheless doable with the help of a knowledgeable National Park ranger. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Artist Paint Pots”
The area was strewn with pungent rotten egg smell.
“It’s good for your health” – my friend remarked as we were getting out of the car.
Oh good. Inhale…exhale. Continue reading “Yellowstone National Park – Mud Volcano”
Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake in North America.
The Grand Prismatic Spring would have been more prismatic, if not for the wind and the cloudy sky that morning.