There's a 'Subterranean Galapagos' Deep Inside the Earth
“A decade ago, we had no idea that the rocks beneath our feet could be so vastly inhabited.”
People Keep Burning Their Goddamn Feet in Yellowstone Hot Springs
A collection of mishaps from boiling caldrons of thermal water.
Coming Soon: A Spa-Themed Amusement Park in Japan
Beppu boasts the most batheable hot spring water in the world and soon it will power roller coasters.
I Soaked in Coffee-Flavored Hot Springs and a Sweet Potato Sauna in Taiwan
The Chuan Tang Spring Spa Hotel features pools flavored with coffee, tea, milk, lemongrass, and Chinese herbs, giving me the feeling of being slowly cooked in a vat of chicken broth.
I Ate a Meal Cooked in a Stinky Hot Spring
Yunomine Onsen, a one-street town that's built along a creek in rural Japan, is credited as the country’s oldest spa. It's also a roiling cooking pot for eggs, spinach, and other foods that locals bring to heat in its sulfurous waters.
Whale Balls Don't Belong in Beer
In early March, I flew into Reykjavík with my friends from Connecticut's Two Roads Brewing Co. to make an Icelandic beer. I quickly learned that fermented shark meat does not belong in beer, and that hot springs should be avoided altogether.