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. Porto
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“No human architect ever designed such intricate fountains as these.
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Artist Paint Pots and Norris Geyser Basin, we returned to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone – visiting its South Rim.
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,
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By now, we have encountered four major geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park. They are
Geyser, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles.
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.
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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km
2). 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.
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Yellowstone Lake is the largest high elevation lake in North America.
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The Grand Prismatic Spring would have been more prismatic, if not for the wind and the cloudy sky that morning.
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One of the benefits of visiting Yellowstone National Park in the spring is the possibility of seeing red dogs.
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The sky – Overcast with intermittent drizzle
The place – Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin
The event – A large group of tourists gathered on a boardwalk in front of the historic Old Faithful Inn waiting for the geyser to erupt
A bison moved into scene. His massive head drooped to the ground – busy grazing.
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