I went to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time this September. I didn't know any of the trails, so I asked a park ranger what she would recommend. After a long drive down a gravel road, I finally came upon the area she mentioned. As I started down the path searching for a sign for the trail I was looking for, I came upon this sign first. I loved what it said and made a mental note to explore this Quiet Walkway when I had done the other trail first. I fin
I was in Iceland for no more than an hour and was already hit with this other worldly sight - Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik. One of my favorite things about traveling to new places, especially other countries, is that magical moment when you feel the "new and different". You fully realize that you're somewhere you've never been before - seeing things, feeling things, hearing things you couldn't even go to in your imagination. You can't experience it by just looking at a
Icelandic horse facts: More than 80,000 horses live in Iceland today, all of them descended from a controlled group first carried over by the settlers. In 982 AD, a law was passed forbidding the future import of any foreign horses, so for more than 1,000 years, Icelandic horses have evolved and were bred expressly for the land and climate of Iceland. The breed is so specialized and pure that once a horse leaves Iceland, it is never allowed back in. They are also the most beau
This looked like the coolest little record shop on an obscure side street in Reykjavik. I wanted to go in so badly just to see what kind of records they had. From what I could see through the window, it was quite the eclectic collection including a lot of American artists. Too bad it wasn't open yet, but I don't know what record store would be at 6:30 in the morning... More than anything, it just looked like a fun place to hang out.