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 …

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 …

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 …

Another weekend backpacking in Dolly Sods – Blackbird Knob and Red Creek Gorge

Total Distance: 9 miles (plus wandering) Dolly Sods Trail Map Route Map Elevation Gain: ~1,500 feet It was time for a long overdue hike into the woods. 2020 has been a strange year to say the least. It seemed like something came up every time I tried to make plans for a long-term trip. And …

Arashiyama – The Ryokan Experience and Nature

After a few days in Osaka and Kyoto, we moved outside of the big city to Arashiyama; located on the outskirts of Kyoto. This is more of my kind of town since I'm not a big-city kind of guy. However, the big cities in Japan are remarkably clean, safe, and quiet compared to the rest …

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