Staying Put

Ashley Lamb's Birds silhouetted against the sunset

Ashley Lamb’s Birds silhouetted against the sunset

I decided to stay one more night, at a spot I never intended to stay in the first place.

I’m tucked in a room at the Women’s School in Blönduós, a mid-century boarding school that taught handcrafts to women in the winter of their 18th year.  I don’t know the full history but I do know it is a very sweet space.  It houses an artist in residence program with a focus on textiles, Ashley Lamb, who created the birds pictured above, is one of the artists working out of this space.

I was lucky enough to be offered a spot for the night and after waking up exhausted, I thought maybe I’d stay just one more night. Trading some uncovered ground for some rest and coziness, a tough decision but a good one I think.

I still got out plenty today, though maybe not covering as many kilometers as yesterday but discovering some special spots and falling ever more in love with Iceland.

Let me share with you some of the loveliness of today. Continue reading

Feels Like Fall Out the Road

Trumpeter Swans Passing By

We’ve been having a gorgeous streak here in Cordova these past few days and the Copper River Delta was positively sparkling last weekend.  Do you see the trumpeter swans reflected in the water?

Pushki, Cottonwoods & Snowline

We made it out for a brief hike towards Saddle Bag Glacier but had to turn back before we reached the end.  It was a perfect hike since so much of the time we were in a deciduous forest.  Nothing says Autumn like naked trees.

Looking up River

 This is as far as we made it before having to head back, hopefully we can make it back out soon.

I have to show you one of the sinister looking forest at the beginning of the hike.

A Touch of Color in the Dark Forest

Don’t let that bluebird sky and all that sunshine fool you, you can’t get velvety trees like these without lots and lots of rain.  I think I heard that we had 25″ of rain in the last 20 days of September!  That’s taking rain to a whole new level.  You’ve got to like a good storm around here.

Braided River Bed

One thing is for sure, it really makes you appreciate the blue sky days in  a whole new way.