It's not all about the ice. (Greenland has more ice than Iceland and Iceland is more green than Greenland) Iceland is about beauty, the ice, and the people and the ocean, and green and birds and trolls.
Here is the beginning of my journey to this spellbinding island.
I know, not a glamorous way to start the journey but it is soooo practical. Here's the back story to this ... I do have a thing for remote islands. So, on a previous trek my husband and I went to Rapa Nui. As is common, our bags went on individual journeys and had grand adventures of their own, separately. Mine popped out on the crowded carrousel with a slight glittery glow in parts while the rest was filthy dirty (this was its maiden voyage too). After our walk to the hotel, the first thing I did upon checking in was to view the contents of my bag. (insert super big sad face here) All of the contents were damp with above mentioned glittery glow. Ewwww. I started this journey with washing all of my delicates, then having to dry them. On hindsight I really should have just taken all of my clothes to have them laundered, I did not, so clothes and delicates were hung to dry for the entire time of our trip. Not horrible, but extra work. Glad it was warm so damp clothes were not a major problem.
With this knowledge, I chose to not start our Iceland journey with wet clothes. It was still winter time after all.
Hence, my clothes being put into plastic bags (If used properly they do have some good re uses. Recycle, and Reuse)
Seriously, the best views we got of the Northern Lights were from the plane. We did see them again, but no photos were captured (I'm not that good)
A rare photo of the two of us together.
This is the google translation.
top line Women have not been achieved and various invisible threshold embedded in a male-dominated power system still exists.
middle line The Convention entered into force in 1981 and was an important step towards the recognition of women's rights as human rights.
This is in downtown Reykjavik.
Hallgrimskirkja. Stunning, famous church in downtown Reykjavik. Go, visit, go to the top and enjoy!
In the front of Hallgrimskirkja.
YES, I went there. I'm taking you on a journey from a glorious church to penises. I had to go to the penis museum!! Why? Well, it is super interesting. I think all who visit end up learning something fascinating. I never knew how many animals have bones in their penises, far more than what I thought. And, how big some of them are. I'm short so there are animal penises that are bigger than I am - yikes!!
And, here we go from penises to punk rock!!!!! It is in an old public bathroom which is pretty cool. This bitchin museum is well worth the visit, located on Laugavegur which is the biggest shopping street in Reykjavik. You can't miss the sounds bellowing out from below.
Ahhhh, the views from this rooftop gem. Take the time to enjoy at least one drink from Sky, or lunch and dinner with a glorious view of the bay. This is part of the Center Hotels that are in Reykjavik.
Images in and around town.
Downtown at night.
We went scouting for northern lights viewing. We got a great sunset pic.
And, off to Skaftafell we go. We are the type of travellers that like to spend a few days in a couple of places. So we chose to head east of Reykjavik through Vik (images are coming up) to stay at the hotel Skaftafell. Along the way we enjoyed views of trolls, waterfalls and super cool roadside pullouts. Take the time to stop at the numerous waterfalls along the way, these are clearly marked. Check out the smaller viewing areas too. The views you can catch here are stunning and well worth your time.
Vik. You can see this beauty from either direction.
Those are trolls - they did not make it inside before the sun came up so they were turned into stone.
Views from along the way. I am a car photographer at times.
The images below are not taken from the car. They are of Skogafoss.
Climbing these stairs is worth the view from above.
Even on a slow day there are so many people.
We made it to Skaftafell.
We loved climbing the little hill to view the lights. Visit the web cam and look to the left side of that view, there is a pole (do mind the guy-wires) and part of the little hill. Just climb up there for great viewing!
Well, now on to an absolutely stunning part of our journey. I LOVED seeing the icebergs at Jökulsárlón. They took my breath away, I felt like I was walking in a fairy land of black sands covered in white pieces of crystal. The blue of the icebergs beckons the heart to the depths of ones soul tempting all to wander until creation is found.
The only thing I have a hard time with of this area is that its glory comes from global warming. The lake is becoming larger while the ice is melting into the sea. Frozen pieces of time released back to the shiftable world.
Along the road from Reykjavik and Skaftafell. Just one of the little pull outs with views to thrill your senses.
Thingvelir - Yep, the golden circle was done. And, it was spectacular!
A bit further down the trail but so worth it.
Had we known in advance we would have parked here. Not as many cars so not as crazy. It is the parking lot for the waterfall - you still have the same access to the trails.
This is the geysir along the golden circle. Yes, it's cool and beautiful. However, I live within a days drive from Yellowstone National Park in Idaho/Wyoming, US. So, while it is stunning here, I have seen Old Faithful plenty of times. If you have not seen anything like this, then go, go, go, go!!
Don't sell your friends.
Being hikers, my husband and I wanted to hike, not necessarily on a glacier but up one of the hills in and around the glaciers. We do realize that hiking on glaciers without a guide is dangerous and we were not totally equipped for that type of safety.
The trail, on the lower parts was well paved and used. Once we were up higher there were no people and the trails snow covered.
With the weather turning we opted to turn around at this stage.
A note about safety.
As we were hiking down I took one step and my left leg hit a snow covered hole. Luckily I am very flexible, as my left knee was around my ear, my right leg never hit bottom, happily, as I would have broken bones. I was able to belly flop my way out (probably hilarious to see) so my point with this is ... be careful. And, while I did not see the hole I was able to safely get moving again while keeping my cool. It is easy to see why people get lost in crevasses and are never heard from again.
Imagine waking to this view everyday. Looking out to the sea with mountains and glaciers behind.
I loved this pull out. Maybe it is because of the female ownership of the property, maybe it is the beauty of the place. I just know I loved this spot - enjoy!
Just another roadside pull out.
There are so many lovely places here. Make your own journey, use what I have shared, love your life, be kind to others, respect other cultures, respect yourself. Leave the areas you travel to in the same or better condition than when you arrived.
Thanks for being on this journey and see ya soon.
Now on to the maps we used, how much the trip cost, and a few more tips.
~If you want to go to the Blue Lagoon, book your visit when you book your flight, maybe even before. It gets that busy. It is about 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik toward Keflavik. There are busses that run out and most hotels will have info on this for you.
~When we went in March 2017 gas was about $7.50 USD per gallon. Every station we went to had credit card payments on the pump. They all had english versions, however, if you miss that step then you are pumping your gas in Icelandic.
~$1 USD was about 108.85 ISK
~American? get used to 24 hour time (military time)
~Getting around. We chose to rent our own car from the airport. We went with Blue Car Rental and had amazing service. You can easily walk from the airport to the business or there is a buss.
In Reykjavik we walked everywhere. We did park our car in a metered spot (I did this in Icelandic and totally screwed up. However my screw up ended up being perfect for the 3 days we needed to plug the meter for) It was not very expensive.
~Museums. I LOVE museums!
WE went to all of the ones at Skogar (the same turnoff for Skogafoss) This has the Skogar Folk Museum and the Museum of Transport and Communication (you buy your tickets for all in here.) Churches, turf farms, the first house built all of driftwood, and a schoolhouse all await your visit. If you have change you can even use the public restroom. Another tip mainly for Americans - yes, pay to use a restroom.
THE Icelandic Phallological Museum. Americans you can be quite prudish at times - I suggest to get over it and learn some cool information about penises. It is right downtown at Laugavegur 116 in Reykjavik.
THE National Museum of Iceland Closer to Hallgrimskirja and bags need to be stored in lockers downstairs. The lockers are free.
THE Maritime Museum at Grandagarour 8 in Reykjavik. It is located in the old harbour section which is lovely to walk around.
Here we also went to the Saga Museum
The punk rock museum - yes, it's noisy, crowded and a must see.
Get yourself to the Icelandic Museum or Rock and Roll in Keflavik too.
The maps and books we used.
The books were good for more detailed info on specific areas, however we did not rely on them for much of anything else.
The map on Thingvellir was picked up at the visitors center and was easy to use for walking around there.
This map turned out to be the best buy for navigation.
We did end up downloading google maps for Reykjavik which was helpful too. We used them off line.
Our car had GPS which helped getting out of town, then we used the map.
City maps (picked up at hotels, museums etc) were great for city exploration.
Roughly $700 USD was spent on food, museums, drinks, and gifts (I really don't buy many gifts while abroad)
Car rental for 7 days was $630 with $150 extra for deposit.
RT flights for 2 adults from San Francisco to Keflavik.
NOW being that it was winter time we opted to check bags for both of us so we could have enough warm clothes (makes sense right?)
This brought our total for flights to $1064
Hotel Skaftafell for 2 nights was $366
We stayed in 2 different hotels while in Reykjavik
22 hill hotel 1 night at $138 A bit more of a walk (4-5 blocks) but pleasant rooms.
4th floor hotel 3 nights at $547 Closer to the heart of town, slightly more noisy, clean.
Being that we live in Boise Idaho we had to fly to SF and due to departure times we spent the night there.
Flights, RT for 2 were $507 and hotel was $110
Making our total $4062 for the trip.
We do not expect to stay in super fancy hotels but we want clean and convenient.
WE choose to spend our time and money on good local food and culture.
Have you been to Iceland? What is your favorite place to visit there?
This adventure in life begins with my Dad saying that he would give me (UPDATE: Dad said he did not give it to me - I owe him beer and hookers) the motorcycle with the promise of riding it and loving it. ALSO, and this is big, that my husband would help me in the rebuild on it. Know this, I (currently) know nothing about engines, how they work, or how to rebuild them. This venture will not only be the rebuild of the bike but, in me learning how to do it. YES, my husband is going to teach me!!!
AND, I drive smaller vehicles so I rented this truck and drove the 8 hours to Dads house to pick up the bike.
In the dark (hence the poor quality photo) and loaded up ready for the drive back to Boise.
Yep, here's my Dad.
These are the first pics taken in Boise. Dirt, grime and all. First step is to clean and see where we are at.
I did just a water cleanse. Lots of scrubbing with rags and toothbrushes.
Living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon there is some rust but nothing that major!
~Hasn't been started in at least 2 years
~Carburetor and jets need cleaned - possible new gaskets
~Gas tank cleaned and re sealed. There is a small weld on the tank that will need to be checked
Beyond that I'll keep you posted!!
A good cleaning has been done and now to remove the gas tank.
Check back often as this is where I will keep updates.
The seat was an easy removal - two bolts in the rear and two prongs in the front which are easy to slide out. This seat is in OK condition, but I think I'll look for another.
There are a couple of side thingys to remove here. Easy to figure out if you go slow. The rubber part, take your time to slowly lift and slide off of the hooky party.
Nothing that some water and a soft toothbrush can't clean.
Remove the fuel hose here.
The manual says there are 4 bolts like this one to remove. Reality is there are two in the back and two u shaped things in the front that keep it all together.
To remove: take off the two bolts then slowly pull the tank in a backward and slightly upward fashion. Watch out for the cable on the left side.
This is the cable to watch out for.
This is the left front side of the bike. When removing the tank this needs to be on the top of the black attachment thing.
We are now looking to see about tank lining. All other bits have been cleaned and ready for the tank to be re attached. That will take a few more days. Until then, have fun!!
Next update on my rebuild. October 2016
The tank only needed a good cleaning, it had already been relined. So all is good with the tank (Dad thinks he might have done it, but I'm guessing that he is getting forgetful?? He did recently tell me that he is almost considered 'elderly' hahahahaha)
I found out my petcock is leaky so gonna have to learn how to fix that now too.
We are still waiting for carb rebuild to arrive. Maybe by this weekend the parts will arrive, but we will be gone so no working on this project.
I did take off the chain guard.
Nothing too major with that, but here are the pics showing what bolts needed to be taken off.
These are all in order of where they were removed from on the guard.
I did need to lower the stand for removal of the lower guard.
Not too much rust (the most I have seen on the bike so far)
A good cleaning and ready to go.
Still waiting ...
More to come, but it's turning to winter here. And, I'm not sure we will get it up and running before it's freezing :)
I've always heard that carburetors are a bunch of springs and screws and a bit of a pain to deal with. Well, now I know for sure this is true.
The float was put in upside down so we had to bend that back into place - Here's my advice ... go slow and carefully, it can be done.
The carb for this model has a special power jet for increased fuel when the bike is at higher revolutions. This is why we had to purchase two - we got the wrong one the first time.
There is a main jet and a slow jet with the extra power jet.
This means you will need to make two adjustments - low and high speed.
This also means when you order a replacement rebuild kit watch out for the difference.
(This photo makes it look like something out of a David Lynch movie, but it really was pleasant to stay here.)
So, I'll start this off with, I get pretty freaked out with heights. I know that I love hiking but if the elevation gets too high then I'll pass out. Sometimes I even crumble to the ground and cause injury to myself. Not good when you're up a mountain or on a fire lookout.
This trip started because there is a gondola at Wallowa lake that goes from the entrance at 4,450′ up to 8,150′ at the peak of Mt. Howard. I wanted to push my limits with vertigo so this was a great place to start.
We'll start off with our accommodations, because it was lovely.
There are state parks one can camp at, however those were all booked up so we got lucky and reserved the last room available in the lodge. Built in the early '20's this picturesque 3 story historic lodge was perfect.
With a cool breeze flowing through our open window we enjoyed the view of the lake.
AAAHHHHH the tram. The line was short so I did not have much time to think of my nerves. It is a 15 minute ride that could have me huddled up in the corner crying uncontrollably ready to pass out. This was not the case!! I got in, held on and enjoyed the view :) (Although my sister was bummed that she did not get to see pics of me crying, huddled in the corner!!)
And, what a view!
Such a spectacular view into Eastern Oregon and the Hells Canyon region of Oregon and Idaho.
The town of Joseph along with Lostine and Wallowa are at the other end of the lake. This is the valley where Chief Joseph and his people came to spend the summer months.
Reflections of trees.
Cold, clear water feeding into the lake.
As the sun sets.
The waterfall on Chief Joseph Trail.
Nature is so amazing....look at that face!
Joseph history museum wrapped up this trip and 3 hours later we were back in Boise via I84. (We took the fast way home, not through Hells Canyon - save that for another time.)
Beauty in the barons.
Hot in summer and cold in winter, this lava does support life.
and beautiful life it is...
Worn down with time ... a volcano.
Campsite views of the ... craters of the moon
And the sun sets, bouncing and glistening off the clouds.
The epilogue of trees when encapsulated by lava.
Impressions of trees left by molten lava and the released steam from the living tree.
Man aspiring while descending the hill.
The trees coming down from the hill in the center of this photo remind me of the Maoi still in the quarry on Rapa Nui.
Heading into an ice cave.
Sadly, non of the photos with ice turned out :(
Up and out of a cave.
Passenger photography. Carey Idaho.
The sun sets again.
We are given another view of splendor, with solitude.
The sun was already bearing down on us. So we thought, "let's go for a drive on back roads up in the mountains." We just bought a 'new to us' vehicle and wanted to get out the heat.
The view from the road. How vast and untouched.
The car was great, although we forgot our driving in the woods music - Ozzy!
This tree blocked the road ... we hiked the rest of the way.
The last bit of snow
The view of the Sawtooths.
Oh, what a day! Beautiful hike, amazing company, great drive, glorious views.
On this day I took my day backpack ... filled with water, a long sleeve shirt (just in case a storm came up - as has happened to us before), my favorite Keen summer hiking boots, small first aide kit, and my heart filled with love and appreciation.
Have a brilliant day!!
My husband's wrist was swollen and sore from breaking it while skateboarding so we decided to do a short hike on this beautiful day. It was about 3 miles in and out with little elevation gain.
North of the Boise river before Arrowrock dam off of FR 268.
Just past the Macks Creek Park, about 3/4 of a mile is a pull out (either at the trail head or just beyond on the right side of the road.)
The trail follows the stream with trees lining the way. Songbirds singing from the cottonwoods and willows.
We were amazed at how little civilization we heard. Such a joy!!
He stayed for a moment.
This is a hike that my husband and I did for the first time in winter. It is always so different to see the terrain without snow. Always so beautiful no matter the time of year.
The bridge is stunning to see from this angle.
A 500 foot elevation gain to a majestic rock outcrop ... meditation to embrace within.
Have a brilliant day, love life, explore, trust in yourself ... open yourself to love.
So, once or twice a year I fly into Chicago to see my 3 nieces. While I love seeing my sister, her super amazing husband and the rest of my family there, I really only go to see my nieces :)
While they are sleeping my sister and I go out.
Here begins my shenanigans in Chicago this April.
Drinks and Jazz at the Green Mill. Ya gotta check out The Green Mill on N Broadway - it was the favourite hangout of Al Capone. There are tunnels from the prohibition but no one is allowed in ... major bummer as I would love to check those places out.
Man, that Great Lakes cold wind kicked up and we were cold.
Later in the evening and after a couple of drinks we opted to walk home from the local bar ... I really wanted to get a better shot of the full moon behind us, but that was not in the cards that night. We had a great walk home either way.
Historic architecture river cruise. Even if you're not into cruises (as I am not), this one is well worth the time. Check out the modern, art deco and Chicago architecture styles.
And, here they are!!! The nieces. (my sister has given me permission to use these images of them) Yes, the sun was in our eyes and we were all crammed on a open top boat, but how fun.
The following day, during nap time, my sister and I went to the Chicago Art Museum to see all 3 of the Van Gogh, bedroom paintings. First time in North America to have them all together, so I HAD to go. Well worth it to see them all together.
Thanks to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris and the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands for the loan.
I got an image of the grand staircase with no people on it - amazing!!
Learning how to use the snowblower.
Did I say that my brother-in-law is an amazing BBQ'er. Along with some pulled pork we had these bacon wrapped, smoked, jalepeno poppers. I even was able to get some of the pulled pork home to my husband!
Thanks for another amazing Chicago trip!!! Love you guys!!!
Sissy, Aunt Colleen, Colleen
The soulful journeys on one of the most remote islands in the world ... the remote beauty ... the kind people ... the immense knowledge to create such megaliths ... the wonder of it all.
Well, really this photo is not Rapa Nui! It is on the way there so I decided to include the image. We live in Boise, Idaho USA so we had a long flight to get to this amazing island. With all of the layovers it took us about 40 hours. Nothing too major with the flights, we just happened to have long layovers between each of the legs. Boise to Los Angeles, to Lima, to Santiago, to Rapa Nui.
I am one of those lucky people that can sleep on airplanes and on airport floors, my husband, not at all. Yay me!
When you land on this huge run way, after disembarking it's super simple to find the correct line to purchase your UNESCO pass (this is like paying for your pass to get into any state park - most countries have something like this) You must have this pass to see the sites. And, why would you not want to support the glory of this unique place.
All of the images were taken by myself or my husband on various cameras and cell phones - you will notice the difference in quality. Enjoy them all!
I decided to include the (almost) obligatory images of our hotel here because of how lush it all is ... and, yes there are trees.
What you will not find much of on this island are long stretches of sandy beaches. If your idea of a fun vacation is to sit around on hot tropical beaches sipping Mai Tai's, then this is most likely not the place for you. If however, you want to experience an island that is filled with history and stunning imagery, then this World Heritage Site is perfect.
From the airport, to our hotel and around the city, we walked everywhere.
The city is easy to get around, just watch out for the big rain ditches. These run parallel with the sidewalks and, honestly you can't miss them. I guess you could step into these vast troughs, if on your drunken night time walks back to your hotel you take a wrong step. Then you could check out the newly expanded hospital!! Go safe.
Ahu and Maoi at Tahai. This site is a quick walk to the edge of town.
Here's a bit of info on the statues. The Ahu's are the platforms in which the Maoi stand. They are sacred ground. There are small signs in front of the major sites so those are easy to figure out. Now, if you do go off of the beaten path (which I highly recommend) there will not be signs reminding you where not to walk. Be respectful, stay off the Ahu's and Maoi
Sitting watching the sunset, inhaling the salty breeze, feeling the history of seafarers throughout the ages. The bygone times of Polynesian cultures, brought to light by Dutch sailors (Jacob Roggeween, who re-discovered it in 1722 during Easter, Paasch-Eyland of that year), now mixed with Chilean (annexed on 9 September 1888) culture these images of the Maoi bring thoughts of awe and respect.
The sun sets and will rise again tomorrow ... both for myself and a changing culture.
Sunset at Tahai
Left by sheep ranchers, horses roam free.
How does one of the most isolated islands in the world get modern day goods? By cargo ships, of course. This one is patiently waiting for the seas to calm down so the cars and timber and foods and all of the other amenities can be craned on to little boats and brought ashore.
As the surfer will tell you, the harbour is shallow and sharp with lava rock and urchins, so it is not possible for a deep sea cargo ships to get any closer.
The Quarry - well, the main one most people think of.
While this may not look like much, it is a wild fire. Think of how damaging a wild fire is anywhere in the world. Now image a fragile environment where many of the trees and vegetation are already sparce.
This trail is now closed, due to people not being respectful of the maoi. Hey, stop ruining a good thing by being obnoxious.
The above image is the same megalith as the one below ... a photo does not do justice to the immense size of this. It is 5 stories tall.
A place of solitude, fresh water and one of the places on the island that still holds my heart.
The other side of the quarry.
The largest Ahu and Maoi site with 15 restored Maoi. These immense statues (one being the heaviest erected, weighing 86 tonnes) have been toppled by tribal warfare, moved inland by a tsunami in 1960, and rebuilt in the 1990s by a multidisciplinary team are still facing the sunset during summer solstice.
The backside - still watch out for ahu's.
On our hike out of town to the site of Orongo.
Looking back from where we came - Hango Roa.
Imagine being the lucky one to obtain fresh water here? A 1500 foot scramble down and up the Rano Kau volcanic crater.
As the wind howled around us we now know why this ceremonial stone village was built low to ground, is windowless and covered in sod.
The view out of your low lying stone home is the origins of the bird man cult. Men in the village would swim out to these small islands and the first one to bring back the manutara or sooty turn egg unharmed would win the competition.
View from Orongo village looking down the short slops and high cliffs to these islands.
Petroglyphs at the cultural center.
The Maoi from this site, Hoa Hakananai'a, is now living in the British Museum.
See, there are plenty of trees on the island.
We were wind blown and slightly sun burned and feeling peckish from a 4 hour journey to the volcano and Orongo site ... so, yep, I'm thinking it's time for a beer!
The best beer (from a local brewery) and amazing tuna empanada's ... really the empanada's were the BEST, and we ate plenty of them on this trip.
Anakena is one of the two sandy beaches on the island, and the beginning of a brilliant hike.
The hike starts in Anakena, which is a short taxi ride (about 20 meters/12 miles) from Hanga Roa. From Anakena you walk back to Hango Roa along the North West corner of the island ... here are our adventures along the way to Hanga Roa. Seriously, call a local cab company and ask for a ride to Anakena, one way. They know you'll be walking back into town.
These palms are not the original palms to the island.
Maoi at Anakena
These wild dogs were our companions for the entire hike.
We did not ask them to join us, we gave them the distance they required, we allowed them to be what they are; wild dogs, doing wild dog things. They went the whole way with us, barking and clearing anything on the trial - wild horses, chickens and cattle.
Stone territorial markers along the trail - we did not have to get tribal permission as previous Rapa Nui inhabitants would have had to do. On a small island there were tribal rules to follow about borders and land territories. We walked and gave appreciation and respect where our hearts felt appropriate.
The storm was brewing; we could not turn back now. With the clouds turning black and laden with rain we kept walking with our companions.
The skies cleared and we dried; roaming next to the wind blown cliffs and tropical sun.
Housing foundation ... and, now you see him, how you don't.
Really these dogs were always with us!
Rugged coast line with the vast ocean encompassing its artistry.
Seven hot, sunburned, windburned, rain drenched, wild dog pack member hours later, we were back at our hotel.
Caves for protection from waring tribes and continual winds. We were dropped off with our caving tour guide.
We did take two tours with two of the best tour guides on the island. Normally we do not pay for tour guides, however, this time we made the decision to do so, and we were thrilled with the choice. We got great history, private tours from friendly, knowledgable guides and saw exclusive areas on this unique sanctuary. This is the book we used and a link for the tours.
The caving expedition is one of the private tours we took.
Much of the caving tour was above ground ... we had to walk to the many caves dotted along the coast.
Aptly named ... two window cave.
I had never driven a quad before and it's tons of fun ... very different than my motorcycle at home. I'm not sure why my husband insisted that I drive, but I LOVED every minute of him riding bitch.
Ahu Vinapu - extreme precision of stonemasonry. Throughout the ages the sizes and looks of the Maoi changed with different techniques used to make them.
Facing sunrise at Winter Solstice ... and the end of the runway. See, the plane is up there.
We were on the road again.
Where did you think the red topknots came from??? Why Puna Pau, of course.
In later stages of history more decorations were added to the Maoi. As the hair is what holds the Mana or power of the person represented by the Maoi, so too were the Maoi made to show this Mana. In the form of a topknot.
Deserted topknots still holding Mana, waiting ...
The more inland Ahu Akivi has the distinction of being the only site to face sunset during the Spring Equinox and have their back face the sunrise during the Autumn Equinox..
A rare site ... two planes at the airport NASA extended for emergency space shuttle landings (due to the Challenger casualty in 1986 this never occurred.) However, the Concord used the runway during the '90's for their journeys around the world.
Being 1617 miles/2602 kilometers from the next closest airport I know I would not want to meet another plane on the runway during a landing or takeoff.
As this was the plane that would take us back to Chile, and our journey home I felt my heart broaden.
The raw beauty of this island captured my being, I am in your debt.
~Christopher Browder is one of the tour guides we had on this journey (in fact I am still in contact with him and his lovely wife). He has a new hypothesis on how the Maoi were moved. Check that out
~When I travel to new places I like to learn as much as possible about the traditional healing forms from the area as possible. I was lucky enough to be connected with one such person. She is the director/creator/employee of the medicina natural hospital Hanga Roa. To learn more about Lory and traditional herbs of Rapa Nui.
On the Oregon, Idaho border lies a spectacular range of mountains, called the Owyhees. They are filled with remnants of silver mining from the 1800's, rivers filled with kayakers, and hiking trails with breathtaking views.
To find this breathtaking area follow U.S. 95 to the Leslie Gulch Recreation Area. Turn right onto McBride Road and right again onto Succor Creek Road. Driving until you hit Leslie Gulch Road where you will turn left. Roughly 11 miles from this intersection there is a marked pullout.
According to many guide books this area has a ride range of hiking levels. This drive in can vary greatly depending on weather conditions, as always pay attention to rain and snow. In summer this wilderness becomes HOT.
We decided to camp for one night in this area to explore the grandure. Keep in mind that there is only with campground with limited sites.
Smelling of damp sandstone, walking through the crevices along the dry stream bed, The Juniper Trail is easy to find off of the main road.
The goblin is watching! Do you see it too?
Vista's and rock formation to delight your senses. Take a moment to breathe in the clean air and enjoy the view.
The view from our campsite
How splendid are toes warmed by a hot fire?
The birds were out, along with signs of spring on The Timber Gulch Trail.
This trail is close to Juniper Trail - follow the directions to Juniper Trail and west of that trail head there is a one-car pullout on your right. They are about 2 miles apart.
Growth after a fire. It is beautiful yet so fragile.
The end of the trail for us. The short hike in, about 1 mile, leaves you with a sense of wondrous peace of mind.
What a sensational view!
Love nature, take out what you bring in.
Leave with a piece of nature in your heart.
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