The Great Geysir!!

Trip Start May 08, 2009
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Trip End Jun 29, 2009


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

 We saw The Lake of Thingviller. The most intense borax blue. And then we went to Geysir! Well, that was so cool! We'd never seen a geyser at all before. Never mind bubbling rock pots. There were signs not to touch the boiling water. We saw eruptions that sprang in to the air, covering the sun, showering the world. It was so weird to watch Stokkur bubble between explosions, the radiant water sank into a deep hole. The surrounding earth was red and brown streaked blue and white with minerals. THE Geysir was a lot less active but it still teamed and smoked and was definitely the largest hot water pot. The restriction rope around it barely let us close enough for a photo (I will look for a postcard to the Geysir erupting - this never happened when we were there). Why does it get all the fame? There were two beautiful small pools, side by side, a little ways up the hill from Stokkur and Geysir. One was the most beautiful powder blue, I could not even believe it was water. I took a few photos of these but it's hard to tell if my camera is working. My digital ran out of batteries so I am using an old fashioned Canon. I have a feeling a lot of things with this film could go wrong.
Another beautiful sight of our day was the Lang...something rocks and caves. There is a story that these caves are haunted by elves. These little spirits seem like helpful creatures though, in the most famous story they saved a shepherd and 400 sheep from a snowstorm. I think caves were probably a common shelter for nomads. Around these certain caves where we stopped, there were sandstone towers studded with shining lava rocks. This place is a photographers paradise, if only my digital was working! I was just about to take a photo of these beautifully bedazzled sandstone castles when my camera died!
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