Exploring Iceland– Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Home Bound

It was hard to believe that this morning would be the last one where I would wake up in Iceland. We got up early to make the 3-hour drive to the airport for our evening flight, with plans to circle the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the way. Stykkisholmur was breathtakingly quiet when we left the house. … Continue reading Exploring Iceland– Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Home Bound

Exploring Iceland—West to Stykkisholmur

Today it hit me that we only had one night left in Iceland. I had been in a glorious daze of experiencing beautiful things all around me from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep. I had barely turned on the TV or touched my phone, and that disconnect was … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—West to Stykkisholmur

Exploring Iceland—Rural East to Seydisfjordur

The next morning, we got up early excited to get started on our drive up the eastern side of Iceland, a supposedly more rural and less populated stretch of the country. We chatted briefly with our Airbnb co-guests about our travel routes, a group of young French boys who were ambitiously cooking both breakfast for … Continue reading Exploring Iceland—Rural East to Seydisfjordur

Road Trip Alaska—Seward to Homer: From Whales to Tiny Houses

Waking up in Seward felt like I was truly in Alaska. I could hear birds outside and rain falling, with misty mountains and gravel streets. We grabbed some breakfast and walked up to the water’s edge to take it all in before leaving town. The mountains behind Resurrection Bay were so beautiful that it scared … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Seward to Homer: From Whales to Tiny Houses

Road Trip Alaska—Leaving the City for the Seward Highway

We had one more night in Anchorage before heading south towards Seward. We were fortunate to have one “lazy day” in town before we went, which is rare for us when we travel. We had an awesome breakfast at Snow City Café--bangin’ stuffed French toast with mandarin cream cheese and tangy raspberry butter. Afterward, we … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Leaving the City for the Seward Highway

Road Trip Alaska—Hiking the Matanuska Glacier

The next day we got up early for our Salmon Berry tour pickup to hike the Matanuska Glacier. Today was also Katie’s 30th birthday, and she informed me months ago that all she wanted to do on her birthday was hike on a glacier. We were pretty stoked. Our tour had about 4 others on … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Hiking the Matanuska Glacier

Road Trip Alaska—Tackling Anchorage in a Pickup

We woke up early in Anchorage and went to pick up our rental—a pickup truck. Katie is truck-obsessed, but they are normally one of the most expensive types of car that you can rent. Only in Alaska would they be the cheapest option—and only in Alaska did we feel it was absolutely nonnegotiable. The guy … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Tackling Anchorage in a Pickup

Road Trip Alaska—Anchorage Bound & Katie’s 50th State

The next morning we were a bit rough for the wear. My body isn’t as resilient as it was when I was 21. We got a slow start and went for a walk in search of Mill Ruins Park, stopping for food at a place called La Belle Crepes. The reason we walked inside is … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Anchorage Bound & Katie’s 50th State

Road Trip Alaska—Scenic Route to Minneapolis

The first thing I noticed the next morning was the wind. When we had done our big road trip a few years back, I remembered the fierce nature of those high planes winds in South Dakota, especially by the Badlands. North Dakota bore a striking similarity, and our car teetered back and forth along the … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Scenic Route to Minneapolis

Road Trip Alaska—Green Grass in Minnesota

This next trip is an especially important one. Katie turns 30 on April 26, and she has 3 more states to cover to complete her 50 by 30 Challenge. On this trip, we will hit Minnesota, North Dakota, and finish with the crowning glory—Alaska. I will bring my total up to 44 states by the … Continue reading Road Trip Alaska—Green Grass in Minnesota