Month: April 2014

Spring Tune Up in the Garden of the Gods


Stop the presses!¬†We know we just announced a series of posts on Iceland, but we accomplished two things this week that we’ve never done before:

  1. Alison did a headstand in yoga class! That might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but, believe you me, it was a long time in coming.
  2. We took a trip¬†in Illinois… our home state… somewhere¬†outside of Chicago!

Shocker, right?


A Practical Guide to Independent Travel in Iceland

Krafla Lava Fields

Matt and I were recently asked by our camera club to put together a travelogue program about our trip to Iceland in the summer of 2012. Even though that trip¬†was almost two years ago now, it finally gave us the motivation¬†we needed to process and edit the thousands of photographs and video clips we shot while we were there. We spent a lot of time working on our presentation and are¬†really pleased with the final result, especially because it reminded us so much of what an amazing¬†time we had traveling in that incredible little country. What a place! It’s hard to believe that a country the same size as Kentucky has¬†so much to offer. You can see the highlights of our summer¬†in Iceland in this short video:

This blog was born in Iceland, and we’ve come a long way since then.¬†In our next series of posts, we will be¬†sharing some of our best pictures, videos, and travel/photography tips in a way that we couldn’t when we were first posting¬†from the road. We also hope¬†to update some of those¬†earlier posts with new and improved pictures and related videos to help give a better sense of what it was¬†really like to experience¬†Iceland.

To help get started, we thought we would begin with a post explaining¬†some of the practical aspects of traveling in¬†Iceland‚ÄĒyou know, the basics of visiting¬†any foreign country‚ÄĒhow to communicate with the locals, what¬†to eat, how to get¬†around and where to sleep. We think¬†this will be¬†useful to anyone entertaining the notion¬†of going¬†to Iceland, but we also hope¬†it will be enjoyable¬†to those of you who just appreciate¬†traveling vicariously.¬†So here goes! (more…)

There’s Something about Telluride

Charming¬†mountain towns are practically the norm in Colorado, but, to me, Telluride somehow seems a cut above the rest. Tucked into a narrow valley with glorious mountain views on all sides, Telluride¬†was established in 1878 and is full of historic buildings,¬†attractive houses, hip restaurants and cozy cafes. With¬†local street fairs celebrating anything and everything, weekly farmer’s markets and major international music and film festivals,¬†you’ll find the atmosphere in¬†Telluride hard to beat.

This is southwest Colorado, so it goes without saying that Telluride is an¬†outdoor paradise.¬†In addition to offering¬†world-class skiing in winter, there are¬†oodles of hiking trails‚ÄĒmany leading right from town‚ÄĒto keep the outdoor enthusiast occupied all summer long.¬†And for wildlife lovers, there’s even a herd of resident elk and a pond right in the middle of town with an active beaver lodge. How cool is that? Like I said, there’s just something about Telluride.