Visit Banff, See the Ink Pots, Don’t Get Caught in Quicksand

Everywhere you drive in Banff is utterly amazing–from monstrous peaks to roaring rivers. Speaking of roars, you’ll most likely spot plenty of wildlife too. For that, you can thank the park planners who installed a series of animal overpasses and underpasses that have prevented countless wrecks over the last twenty or so years. It isn’t…

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Along The Iron Catwalks of Johnston Canyon

There’s no canyon hike quite like the Johnston Canyon trail. Travel back in time as we walk through the recent human history these rocky walls have known.

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The Giant Beehive & A Tea House in the Mountains Supplied by Helicopter

Last week, I shared a few photos from my walk around the Lake Louise Lakefront Trail in Banff. Just above those turquoise waters are many more hikes and sights, including the Beehive and Lake Agnes. The Beehive, pictured below, was named by J. Willoughby Astley in 1890, for obvious reasons. The lake directly below the…

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Forget the Blue Lagoon and Visit Reykjadalur Geothermal Springs in Iceland

Most people visiting Iceland think they have to go to The Blue Lagoon. Well, those people are wrong. Besides the long lines and instagram “influencers” (who will get on your last nerve), you’re basically in a manmade pool. If you’re looking for more a more natural experience, you’re going to have to hike for it.…

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4 waterfalls you should visit in Iceland

Iceland is a country of rainbows and waterfalls. Here’s a short list of 4 sites you should visit to witness in all their Icelandic glory.

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Strokkur Geysers: The Old Faithful of Iceland

Strokkur is a geyser in the Haukadalur Valley, surrounded by other mud pools and fumaroles. It erupts every 6 to 10 minutes, soaring to heights of 50 to 60 feet in the air. I didn’t take any pictures because it wasn’t the prettiest sight. Mostly a ring of people huddled perhaps a bit too closely…

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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…

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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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“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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