An Inside Look at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Which is Now Closed Thanks to Justin Bieber

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a steep canyon in southern Iceland. It’s not too far from the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. (Yes. I spelled that correctly.) The Fjaðrá river runs through it. It’s believed to date back to the Ice Age, carved out by the rushing waters of melting glaciers nearby. Unfortunately, the canyon was closed to the…

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Views of Sólheimajökull Glacier Before it Melts Away

Very near Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, you’ll find Sólheimajökull, a beautiful ice blue glacier covered in black ash. It lies in the space between two volcanoes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. The blanket of ash is thanks to previous eruptions from those two rowdy neighbors. Sólheimajökull is the 4th largest ice cap in all of Iceland.This stunning hunk of ice…

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Will Convince You That Iceland Truly is the Land of Fire and Ice

Near the small village of Vík í Mýrdal in southern Iceland is Reynisfjara, a beautiful black sand beach. Perhaps you recognize it from Game of Thrones. It’s the beach at the Eastwatch, where the men of the Night’s Watch are guarding the wall. There is a cliff of basalt columns, large enough to climb. Atop…

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Explore this Starbucks and McDonald Free City in Iceland with Me

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. It’s colorful and quirky. There’s a diverse range of architecture and art. Splashes of color highlight the streets. And it’s the jumping off point for most who travel into the country. I spent the day walking around, taking it all in. I loved that there wasn’t…

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A Sneakerhead’s Year in Review : 2019

It’s a privilege to enjoy each passing year even more than the one before. That’s always been the case for me, and I hope I never take that feeling for granted. There may come a day it doesn’t feel that way anymore. I never want to feel like I could have or should have done…

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“I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.” -Prince

The first time I visited Minneapolis, I was a very young 25 year-old who had never driven in snow. (Thanks, Texan-upbringing!) Of course, my trip aligned with one hell of a snow storm, so it was a challenging and bitterly cold experience. I met some amazing women during that trip: like Kelly Pepper and Kelly…

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A Day at the Grandest Canyon of All

In my opinion, the best history books on earth are earth. The Grand Canyon is a perfect example of that. It dates back 5 or 6 million years. I have to be honest, that is hard to wrap my mind around that amount of time. But, for some reason, when you’re standing out there on…

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Trolltunga, one of the best hikes in the world!

It’s hard to express how special the entire country of Norway is without actually being there. Sure, it’s rainy, but it’s also insanely green. Yes, it’s hard to navigate, but they’ve built the most impressive roadway I’ve ever seen! Tunnels stretch for miles and miles through the mountains–big enough to have multiple traffic circles within.…

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If you’re in LA, get outta there / Day Hikes From the City of Angels

I have quite a few grievances with LA. Mainly, I hate how car oriented the entire joint feels. I love walking–walking to the grocery store, to dinner, to no where in particular. After spending a bit of time there this April, I needed to put my sneakers to use and shake that uber-everywhere-culture. (but first,…

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Snow Day in Kansas City, MO

It recently poured snow in Kansas City a few days ago, giving me my first opportunity to see this little town blanketed in winter goodness. The streets were pretty empty, leaving the snow basically pristine (a sight I rarely ever saw in Chicago). We celebrated the snow-weekend like a couple of no good millennials who pay…

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