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CATEGORY / TO THE OPEN ROAD / words & images from our travels from here to there, and everywhere ———>

we never know what is going to happen, do we? life is always throwing us this way and that. that’s where the adventure is. not knowing where you’ll end up or how you’ll fare. it’s all a mystery, and when we say any different, we’re just lying to ourselves. tell me, when have you felt most alive? / eowyn ivey, the snow child

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last year i read a beautiful novel called the snow child, about a couple who move from their comfortable east coast life to become homesteaders in remote 1920s alaska. it was like something out of my wildest imagination that a few months later dave & i would spend a few brief days in alaska with a couple of friends of ours.

it was a whirlwind trip… i remember little details like the icy patterns on car windows & the sound of studded tires crunching through the snow & daylight that barely made it over the tops of the mountains & disappeared way too quickly. but i rely mostly on the pictures to help bring back that feeling like we were at the edge of the world & at the brink of something uncharted. that feeling tells me one day we need to go back.

november 2013 / in & near anchorage, alaska

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for me, there’s just something about eating a meal that’s been cooked outside & the campfire smell that lingers in your hair…

it’s just a slice of perfection.

we drove down to michigan at the beginning of the month to camp for a few days, and our friends amanda & abbey joined us! we went on hikes & napped in sand dunes in the sun. we kayaked, took lots of photos & made lots of fires. we watched sunsets & just listened to the waves of that little ocean, lake michigan.

it’s very true what they say : great lakes, great times.

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ludington state park, michigan / june 2014

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take highway 1 out of reykjavik heading east.

exit the road at at town called hveragerði.

drive past town to the end of the road & park in the lot.

start heading northeast on the trail marked reykjadalur-klambragil 3,2 km.

& be amazed.

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what our first evening in iceland looked like / october 2013

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adventure is arriving in a small town in the wind-swept desolate middle-of-nowhere in the dark.

we arrived in vik (which is icelandic for cove), a town of around 300 people after driving east from reykjavik along highway 1. it shouldn’t take all day to make the drive, but it’s our first day in iceland, and after many stops along the way it is well & truly dark by the time we roll into the town. adventure is saying, well, we’re here.. and peering out the windows of the car into darkness. we have no place to stay and no map more detailed than a fold-out map of the entire island. we are six of us, american & canadian, and none of us have data on our phones. it’s so dark we can barely make out any buildings. the only thing lit is a white church, which must be on the side of a hill as it seems to float eerily above the horizon surrounded by blackness.

we try to follow signs down dark empty roads. there are no cars, no people, no lights. after turning around a few times we find ourselves at what must be the ‘main strip’, basically a restaurant with an hotel and info center attached. we inquire inside and find rooms at the lundi hotel, which also goes by the name the puffin hostel. or maybe it’s the other way round, we are confused to this day.

there’s a restaurant attached and the glowing light radiates warmth out the windows and lures us in. it’s full, we barely manage to get a table, and we are immediately surrounded by the conversations of other travelers, and soon by our own conversations and relief that we find ourselves here over pints of beer.

adventure is arriving in the dark and going to sleep anticipating the first light, walking out and seeing the place where you are for the first time. the place you tried so hard to construct in your mind as you were lost in the night. and the imagined version always falls short.

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 vik, iceland / october 2013

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