Exploring The Land of Fire and Ice

I recently returned from an amazing week vacation in one of my favorite countries,  The Land of Fire and Ice. Iceland is like nowhere else on the planet, one simple photograph can be viewed as a NASA photo of Mars or the Moon, yet another photo will give the appearance of pure paradise. Whatever way you look at it, the sheer science of this island is fascinating from the geothermal activity of the many active and dormant volcanic landscapes, glaciers, ice caves and lava tunnels to many magnificent waterfalls, dramatic black sand beaches and natural mineral rich geothermal spas. Not to mention, this is one of the only places in the world where the tectonic plates are above sea level and you are able to stand one foot in Europe and the other in North America AT THE SAME TIME!

You simply can’t visit Iceland only once unless you plan a very long extended stay. Every season offers something different. The landscape is extraordinary in the summer the long days of nearly 24 hours of sunlight on a mesmerising green moss-covered lava field terrain provides plenty of time to meander through your day’s itinerary. In the winter during the shorter days of 4 to 6 hours of sunlight you will be awed by the beauty of mostly black and white scenery then astonished with the possibility of experiencing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights – a natural phenomenon lightshow that dances across the dark skies in bright pinks, greens, yellows and purples. During my recent stay, I was very lucky to have 4 chances to witness this and YES! Absolutely, every show was different and quite hypnotic.

Seeing is Believing!

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ICELAND IS AT THE TOP OF MY BUCKET LIST (AGAIN) AND HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY

Game of Thrones Tour - Iceland
Near Hengill Volcano. You will never know the sound of peace and quiet until you stand here. It was Glorious. This is also the site of Brienne and The Hound’s big fight in season 4 of Game of Thrones.

We all have a “Bucket List”.  I also have a “Do This Again Bucket List” – Iceland is on both!!
I was captivated with Iceland and am intent on returning, regretting that my first visit was way too short!! This is such a unique country and one of the most compelling places on Earth.

 

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The Best Reasons To Take A Dog Hiking With You

Hiking has never been so much fun!

You can never have enough pine cones.

If you enjoy a good hike, you will love it more if you take your family fur-ever friend with you for company.  I have many memorable excursions due to the crazy antics of Sandy. She is a 80 lb lunatic wonder dog (breed unknown) with a personality that you can’t help but adore.

“Hey Sandy, would you like to go for a HIKE?” Her ears will perk up and her head tilts completely sideways before she starts her exuberant bouncy dance. She is all the reason in the world for me to get moving. I almost never come home without another “Sandy Story” to share.

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