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Never done a cruise before this one. To be honest I didn’t’ think I would enjoy it because when I go somewhere, I like to get out and explore a country. Not just be dropped off on the beach for a day or two.   BUT, I loved the cruise. Royal Caribbean is the bomb, […]

Islands, North America

December 9, 2019

Family Cruise – Bahamas

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(Scroll down if you’re just here for the pictures!)   On a Friday afternoon, my husband asked if I wanted to take a spur of the moment trip to Southern California. Of course I said “yes duh!” Saturday evening we booked tickets. Wednesday morning we left. We hopped around southern California and stayed with a […]

North America

February 5, 2019

Southern California

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The day dawned early and the skies were clear above the eerie terrain. We got up at 6am, tore down camp, re-drove into the base of Hekla and began our ascent around 7:30. It was a damp and brisk 38 degrees. I dressed in lots of layers on my core.   The first 1o minutes […]

Europe

September 1, 2017

Day 9 – Ascent to Hekla

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The morning was damp and drizzly again. We expected as much. Weather was supposed to be crummy until Tuesday morning. 1 more day of rain to go. 🙁   But I was feeling so much better and as such I woke up staaarving. I ate two bowls of thick oatmeal, an apple, scrambled eggs, a […]

Europe

August 31, 2017

Day 8 – Journey to Hekla

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Woke up still ill. By mid day my fever had come down a lot though. We spent the day stopping at more highlights on the ring road.   First stop, Reynisfjara the black beach in Vik. We’d heard it was gorgeous, and that it was, but not only that, we got to see PUFFINS! Countless […]

Europe

August 29, 2017

Day 7 – Ring Road Cont.

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Day 6 was hellish. Not gonna lie.   The whole previous day I couldn’t get warm. No matter how many layers I had on I was freezing. Cue symptoms of getting sick. I fell asleep feeling off and I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose. Not long after I started running a […]

Europe

August 28, 2017

Day 6 – Rain Daze

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Last night we decided to just drive until dusk and then find another random pull off for the night. Sometimes you are in the middle of nowhere and can’t find a campground when you need one anyways. We found another grass and gravel pull off of the road that went a ways off the road […]

Europe

August 25, 2017

Day 5 – The Glaciers

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Last night we camped off of some gravel pull off behind some trees at the base of that giant crater. It was not on private property, there were no “no camping” signs, and since in Iceland you can camp anywhere as long as you keep those two rules in mind, we just plopped ourselves down, […]

Europe

August 25, 2017

Day 4 – Myvtan Nature Baths

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First off, about last night.   We saw the Northern Lights! It was amazing. The only thing missing was my husband at my side. I miss him so much!   It was going to be a short night since we were picking up my sister at the airport, so we decided to sleep in the […]

Europe

August 24, 2017

Day 3 – Start of the Ring Road

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Last night. was. cold. I slept in my 20 degree bag in a fleece blanket, in my winter jacket with an extra sleeping bag on top of me. I did finally warm up but it took a long while. By 5 am I stripped off my winter coat and went back to sleep.   We […]

Europe

August 22, 2017

Day 2 – Reykjadalur Valley

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