Iceland – Into the volcano

The day after we arrived back in Reykjavik from the South Coast, we took a much shorter day-tour inside of a "dormant" volcano. It's only about 30-45 minutes depending on "traffic" outside of Reykjavik. You can see the city from the top of the volcanic area. Reykjavik from the volcano Thríhnúkagígur Volcano I believe our …

Iceland – Golden Circle Super Highlights

There is so much to write about Iceland. The days can easily blend together here with almost non-stop daylight. So it hasn't seemed like a week has passed since our day tour of the Golden Circle. So rather than tell a long story about it, as so many others have before, here are my best …

Let’s go to Iceland – Arrival and the Blue Lagoon

It's been a while since our last trip, so...let's go to Iceland. We didn't have a lot of time to plan this trip. When I heard "basically everyone in Iceland speaks English", it was good enough for me. How very "American" of me. Not only do they speak English, it's mandatory in schools so everyone …

New River Gorge National Park – A scenic weekend

It's the newest national park in the United States! Geologically though, the New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the country as well. This Summer has been busy, and other than exploring very locally, we have not been able to venture far from home so far this year. But we were able …

Paddling – Whitewater rafting at the New River Gorge

The New River (and the adjoining Gauley River) have some of the best rafting in the country. There are a few big outfits in the Fayetteville area that guide rafting trips: The most prominent appeared to be ACE. We saw ACE rafts (and buses) everywhere. We sat along the river for about an hour one …

Hiking – AT NOBO – Washington Monument to Ensign Cowall Shelter (Wolfsville Road)

Distance: 12 miles Hike Time: 5.75 hours Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet Summary This may be the most challenging section in Maryland. That's not saying much since Maryland is fairly flat. There are a few moderate climbs in this section, but the real challenge is the rocky terrain. The trail runs primarily along the West side …

Hiking – AT NOBO – Crampton Gap to Washington Monument

Distance: 9.2 Miles Hike Time: 4 hours Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet Starting off where we left off on our last Northbound hike of the AT, we continued toward the Washington Monument (not the one in Washington DC). The "original" Washington Monument was first built in 1827 and is located near Boonesboro, Maryland within Washington Monument …

Waymarked Trails – The best free trail data on the web

It's the best (and easiest to use) trail data that is completely free to use and download.  You haven't heard of it?  Well allow me to introduce you. Disclaimer: All of the screenshots provided are from the Waymarked Trails website and I do not claim ownership of any of their content. I am merely a …

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