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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-11 10:40
Subject: [travel] In Rotorua, NZ, day eleven - mmm, steam
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Wasn't feeling too well yesterday, either, but I pulled it together enough for us to make a run out to Waiotapu, a huge geothermal site. The place was incredible. We visited the Lady Knox geyser, then walked (or in my case, mostly rolled on wheelchair) through the park. It's so weird to see steam just flowing up out of the ground from under bushes and so forth. Not to mention the giant craters, boiling ponds, mineral terraces, and colored fogs and smoke. I got some great photos which I will post bandwidth permitting.

On the way out, [info]danjite and I spotted a fantail playing along a creek. I got some good shots of the bird, which is apparently not all that easy to photograph.

Afterwards, we drove over to Huka Falls, which are pretty strange even by the standards of waterfalls. That's also the area where I snapped this photo of my new favorite New Zealand road sign:

My favorite New Zealand road sign

Yes, the area is so geothermally active that the highway department feels a need to warn drivers that steam may obscure vision or erupt from the pavement at any time.

Today we are off to Hobbiton (weather permitting), then Hamilton. Unfortunately, in addition to my mobility problems and my GI problems, I have also acquired a respiratory problem. I'm hoping this is just my body reacting to all the ambient sulfur in the air of Rotorua, and once we get away things will settle down.

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-08-12 16:31 (UTC)
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I take it you've never been to Yellowstone? [g]

It's one of my favorite places, and I've always wanted to go to New Zealand.
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User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-13 11:08 (UTC)
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Childhood holidays in Rotorua always started with us gagging on the smell of sulphur which comes out to meet you, but it was amazing how quickly we got used to it. Rotorua is quite something, although my favourite bit is a little way out of town in a pine forest where you can swim in a warm stream. No admission fee: it's just part of the landscape.
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