Volcano Valley

I keep telling myself I need to get a job; then I go off traveling. Hasn’t been great for my wallet, but it’s been wonderful for my state of mind.

I went to Waimangu and paid the hefty $40NZ entrance fee. There is a path that leads downhill, and crosses all sorts of interesting geothermal pools.

Steam can be seen coming off the water, in some cases obscuring the view.

The Echo Crater and Frying Pan Lake are the first features you cross.

In 1917, the western basin of Echo Crater erupted killing two people. The crater accumulated water and grew into Frying Pan Lake.

The most striking of the features is the Inferno Crater Lake. Today, it was a sky blue color. It’s temps can reach 80°C (176°F).

The road follows along many other, smaller pools. A mischievous child (or adult) could get into some hot water (I’m sorry) here without supervision.

Along the way, there is a memorial to four people who happened to be standing in the wrong spot when one erupted back in the early 1900s. In fact, there were a few places detailing people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The second half of the trail was closed, unfortunately. Some heavy rains washed out a bridge necessary to reach the end by foot.

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