This… is the southern tip of Greenland. Wow. And this… and this… and especially this… is how I know I’m home. 🙂

God Bless Our Mistakes

One of the things I appreciate most about my parents is that they’ve let me make my own decisions, even if it means they’ve had to stand back and watch me make mistakes. Being allowed to mess up is fundamentally freeing. Knowing that failure is always an option — being suspicious about the assumed definitions… Read more »

Iceland: Akureyri in November

Akureyri is my final destination in Iceland. I’m here for a few days, and I confess that my hours have been consumed by writing – which means less picture taking. But I have taken a few snapshots of this beautiful northern town! Some taken from my own windows – I’ve got some wonderful writing views…. Read more »

Iceland: The Bus to Akureyri

I took the bus from Egilsstaðir to Akureyri (here’s the route). For most of the journey, I was the only person on the bus who wasn’t Icelandic, and I took so many pictures that they must’ve thought I was barmy. Especially when I started to cry. It was so beautiful, I couldn’t help myself. I… Read more »

Iceland: Driving Through the East Fjords to Egilsstaðir

I drove from Jökulsárlón to Egilsstaðir, with stops in Höfn (where I got gas) and Djúpivogur (where I had lunch). Here’s the route. This drive, through the East Fjords, was the most dramatic yet. I love driving on Icelandic roads! There’s always either a gorgeous vista or a challenge (steep drops with no guard rail,… Read more »

Jökulsárlón: Where I Fell in Love with Iceland

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lake full of icebergs that have calved from the glacier. One of the many single-lane bridges of the Ring Road passes right above it. On one side is the lagoon full of icebergs and the glacier; on the other side is a black sand beach covered with chunks of ice. I… Read more »

Iceland: Driving Through the South

I drove from Vík to Skaftafell (the route). I’m going to try to be really selective with my pictures, but the thing is, in this part of the country you encounter the GLACIER that takes up a huge portion of southeast Iceland, Vatnajökull. It’s difficult to contain oneself when there is a glacier. When you’re… Read more »

Iceland: Slowly Beginning the Drive East

I drove from Thingvellir National Park down to Eyrarbakki, then on to Vík with a stop at Skógafoss. If you’re wondering where those things are, here’s the route.  Landscapes and colors at Thingvellir… … where it was not balmy. Eyrarbakki, by the sea, was so colorful!  Here’s one of the beautiful farms I passed driving… Read more »

Iceland: A Farm Hotel Stay Near Laugarvatn

 After visiting Gulfoss  and watching Strokkur erupt  (and watching other people enjoy the geothermal activity at Geysir),I moved on to my farm hotel for the night, Efsti-Dalur II,  where the views – and the smell – brought tears springing to my eyes –  because even though I am far, far away from home in a… Read more »