She redeemed herself nicely with a couple of hot soaks in steaming spring water--the first one in a heavily forested, hot rural creek, with water gently cascading over rock and a serene view above. (Yes, the water LOOKS cold, but that's only because the camera can't capture the steam rising off the surface.)
Speaking of geothermal landscapes: take your choice, name your price; New Zealand's North Island has one that's just right for you!
Start with the free attractions--the slurpy and violently boiling (at 100 degrees centigrade) mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu. Erupt! Plop! Only a video does it justice.
We chose the $27 Orakei Karako, a colorful collection of hot rocks, steam vents, geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters. Similar to Yellowstone, on 1/10 the scale.