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Thanksgiving, for my family, has always been more about being together than where we are together. Of course, I will always demand that Christmas is spent at our home in Colorado- probably well past the appropriate amount of time for a full-grown adult to be going to her parents for the holidays, but that won’t stop me. Anyways, we have spent our Thanksgivings in places from Ireland to Kazakhstan, so I wasn’t all… Read More

En route from Skaftafell we stopped at this gorgeous outlook to eat lunch and stare out across the endless black sand beach. In some parts, if you crane you neck far enough over the sheer cliff, you can spot lovable puffins hanging out below you. Totally worth the risk.Next stop, Skogar. It was our last new campsite on the trip- we would stay two nights in Reykjavik before our flight out, but that… Read More

 Arriving at Höfn marked the third week into our trip, which was surreal. Without the sun going down the trip had almost felt like one long day up to that point. We were in the Southeast and headed in the direction of Reykjavik once again. We stopped to see Petra’s Mineral Collection on the way, which cheered me up pretty fast. Petra was an Icelandic woman who spent her entire life collecting rocks…. Read More

On the way to our 4th campsite we stopped to explore Akureyri, a charming town on one of the longest fjords in Iceland, as well as at Goðafoss (yet another gorgeous waterfall). There was a bit of commotion as we approached Goðafoss. It took me a second to process that not only were there two kayakers sitting in an eddy above the falls, but they were about to paddle over the edge. As… Read More

Iceland had been #1 on my mental bucket list for some time when things fell into place for me to go this summer. I had just declared Environmental Science as my major, and with an empty 4-month summer looming ahead of me, this trip appeared on the horizon like a confirmation of every choice I had ever made. One month, 20 other students, and I’d get credit for my major. Trip of… Read More

  So I’m back from Iceland. And between you and me, I have been for almost a week- whoops! In my defense, getting back to Colorado after a month of exhausting (but great) travel only to turn around and fly half way across the world two days later is not exactly conducive to my productivity. Thankfully after a few days of poolside lounging here in Borneo the guilt kicked in and I… Read More

Tomorrow I leave for a month-long trip to Iceland, and I have no idea how half my summer flew by. Between family members flying in and out, hiking around Colorado, not to mention a wedding at our house, I’ve barely had time to look up. So this is a mixed bag of a post, including 1.) Shots from my hiking and off-roading adventures and 2.) Some info about my upcoming Icelandic experience…. Read More

I don’t know about you, but I spend a disproportionate amount of my time browsing travel blogs, googling far off locations, and planning trips that, lets face it, won’t be happening in the foreseeable future. I can’t help it. But thanks to all those listless hours spent drooling on my keyboard over other people’s adventures, I’ve stumbled onto some pretty cool travel sites- all of which are dedicated to bringing beauty and personality back into travel… Read More