|Shout out to one of my best friends from college, Kevin, who is an athletic trainer for the Ravens!|
Next on our agenda was a stop in Rotorua to check out some geothermal activity! We did not stay long, and I am not sure I could have stayed much longer considering the sulfur smell in the air. The boiling mud pools were entertaining, but it was raining, so the combination of rain and the smell had me convinced that after a short stint in the town I had seen enough.
|Hotel room or hostel? You be the judge! Ignore sleeping bags drying on the bed.|
|Hot Springs! Can you see the steam rising from the water?|
|The shore of Lake Taupo|
|Mountaintops hidden by clouds at the south end of Lake Taupo|
In the morning, Erik and I headed out on our respective runs along the river, where we got to see Huka Falls before all of the crowds arrived. On our way back, we noticed that the hot springs were empty, so we enjoyed those to ourselves as well!
|View of Huka Falls from the lookout above...|
|...and up close, just beyond the falls.|