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In Dirt We Trust

September 2016 – Houston, Texas 

Photo by Vasiliki Papacharalampous @ Buffalo Bayou Park – Blog post ‘Reflect’ 

 “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” 

 John Muir


Horseshoe Bend


August 2014 – Glen Canyon, Arizona

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

The view of Horseshoe Bend from the rim of the Glen canyon is extraordinary. You’ll need a wide-angle lens to get the entire scene in your picture. If you find the height a little daunting, try lying down on the ground and looking over the edge that way. It gives you a much better sense of security. Below you, the Colorado River makes a wide sweep around a sandstone escarpment.

Firehole River


August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

…and this is where about 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of thermal water from the Grand Prismatic Spring is poured every minute of the day. Firehole River is one of the most interesting water attractions in the Park due to its pathway through Yellowstone. Firehole begins in the wilderness as a stream until it reaches the three major geyser basins of the area with geothermal activity relating to the volcanoes. The temperatures increase and some of the underground water will gush into the river rather than explode out of the geysers. The picture speaks for itself…

Prism of Light

IMG_0686.JPG August 2014 – Wyoming, Yellowstone Park

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest and one of the most brilliant of Yellowstone’s many colorful hot springs. The high temperature of its water (70°C) ensures that the spring is often cloaked in steam. Deep beneath us, magma from an active volcano heats water that rises to the surface through fissures in the rocks. The result is a hot spring that pours hot water into the Firehole River. The yellow, orange, and brown colors encircling the hot spring are caused by thermophiles (heat-loving microorganisms also captured in ‘Living color’ photo).

According to some scientist, if this supervolcano erupts, It could blast 240 cubic miles of ash, rocks and lava into the atmosphere, rendering about two-thirds of the nation immediately uninhabitable and plunge the world into a “nuclear winter.” While most scientists believe the probability of a major eruption is very small, there are signs that have some analysts worried….

The Narrows


August 2014 – The Narrows, Utah

Photo taken by Vasiliki Papacharalambous

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, was rated #5 in the National Geographic ranking of America’s Best 100 Adventures….and I can confirm from personal experience that it’s indeed an adventure and an ultimate travel experience I think everyone should try.

Hiking is done largely in the river as, for a third of the route, the river runs canyon wall to canyon wall. Hiking in the river was a challenge for me and an unforgettable experience. The water was murky and the bottom of the river was covered with round, basalt rocks. Proper footwear and bringing a walking stick was essential …. but I found out too late…I was barefoot hiking in the river with a severe thunderstorm warning being announced that could cause the Narrows to flash flood. Fortunately, after 2-3 hours hiking I’ve managed to get out of there with just some bruises and cuts on my feet and knees.

Later on I found out that hikers should exercise caution when hiking the Narrows during rainy periods as the winding canyon and sheer walls make approaching flash floods all the more sudden and difficult to evade. The Narrows Escape (published in 2012) is a fictional novel written by Brad Allred – a survivor of a flash flood in the Narrows.