“Pic of the Week”, August 14, 2015: Bison, Old Faithful Inn

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My wife and I recently spent our 30th wedding anniversary at Yellowstone National Park.  We stayed at the historic Old Faithful Inn and loved exploring the amazing and extensive geothermal sites of the area.  One of the most appealing natural features of Yellowstone is its wildlife.  We saw elk, deer, and herds of bison roaming freely.

Most every day we found this lone bison grazing near our parked car, enjoying the fresh grass and clover.  He seems gentle, but was very aware of our presence.  Bison can be extremely dangerous and have injured and even killed many tourists.  Be cautious around them and give them plenty of room.  Let your telephoto lens get you close, as mine did.  They are magnificent …

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Highlights of Iceland’s Golden Circle

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The most interesting and diverse day-trip from Reykjavik is to Iceland’s “Golden Circle“.  I’m not certain where the name “Golden Circle” originated, but it is a golden travel opportunity.  During this excursion you have a chance to see Iceland’s largest lake and explore the historic site of its first parliament (situated in no less than a rift valley).  You’ll visit one of the world’s few sites of geysir eruption, and an amazing waterfall.  By any standards, that’s a pretty good list of attractions to see in one day’s travel.

Sylvia and an Icelandic horse near Geysir

There are several commercial vendors that offer tours of the Golden Circle from Reykjavik for those who don’t want the hassle of car rental or driving (the most popular including Reykjavik Excursions and …

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A journey around Iceland (Part 2) The Golden Circle

A journey around Iceland —  2) The Golden Circle

The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is to the “Golden Circle” — three beautiful natural attractions which aren’t golden or even vaguely circular.  The first of these is located about a one hour drive from the capitol, the farthest at least another hour further.  All three sites are well worth seeing.

1) Thingvellir National Park.

This is one of Iceland’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the other, Surtsey, is a recently formed uninhabited volcanic island). Thingvellir is remarkable for two reasons.  First, it’s a rift valley, with the opposing walls of this valley moving in opposite directions at a rate of …

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