Before I begin, I want to apologize. I’m not avoiding your blogs. The Internet in our new place has been sketchy at best. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing and not something I have to deal with on a daily basis. Someone will be here tomorrow from our provider and I have my fingers crossed that the matter will be resolved. I miss seeing what all of you are up to. If I can, I’m going to share a bit from our recent travels. Not sure I’ll be able to load the photos, but I’m going to give it a go.
While in Iceland we went on the Golden Circle tour, which included seeing Gullfoss, a waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvita river. It’s 105 ft tall (32 m) and has two drops. Any Echo and the Bunnymen fans out there? If so you might recognize this waterfall since it’s on their Porcupine album. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to them. Might have to add them to my iPod when I have Internet again.
There are a few places where you can view the waterfall, including getting up close and personal. I will warn you, you’ll get wet if you follow one of the paths completely. It was a chilly and windy day when we visited. I ventured down the path knowing I would get wet, but when I reached the mist and the wind picked up I got wetter than I wanted and turned around before reaching the end. We still had two more stops on the trip and I didn’t want to be soaked, cold, and miserable the entire time. And I was worried about my camera. But if you want me to be totally honest, I was more concerned about me. I was already battling an illness and didn’t want to compound it. The Better Half was smarter and headed to the gift shop. And that’s where I headed to warm my bones before getting back on the bus for the next stop.
We also did that tour, but didn’t get up close to the waterfalls. I loved the geysers and I found it really interesting seeing how fruit is grown too – did you see this? I think it was bananas.
We went to a tomato farm, but not bananas. Sorry I missed it. I don’t associate Iceland with growing bananas and I would have loved to learn more.
Well I didn’t think Iceland could grow anything until I saw how the heat from underground is used to heat their greenhouses – it really is quite a good use of resources.
I agree. We saw this with tomatoes. And the soup they served was fantastic.
Oh wow—that looks amazing. I would not have ventured as far as you did, I am sure! The hubby has been to Iceland but I haven’t. I would not say it is a place that I long to go but your pictures are fabulous.
The capital city reminded me a lot of a quiet town in the Mid-West. Since it is a capital I was shocked that it wasn’t crowded. It was more like a ski village you find in Colorado. I loved it’s charm and the people wherever we went were so kind.
beautiful place! i’m glad you could get the photos to publish 🙂
Oh man it took forever for them to upload. I have tons more, but didn’t want to crash the entire system.
Don’t be sorry! Hey, just wanted you to know I bought your kindle version of your book and look forward to reading it. Cheers!
Thanks, Cindy. That’s very kind of you. I hope you enjoy.
Being that close to such awesomness…makes us feel quite humble!
I agree. Nature is amazing.
These photos are amazing TBM…
But as someone said to my wife, (who has just started blogging) don’t let the blog become a chore and feel that people will be upset if your not there…. blog for pleasure and when your there others will also be…
From when I started 18 odd months ago, I have seen people come and go… and just when you think they’re gone forever they pop back up and one continues as though nothing has happened… so don’t fret the blogs are on record now forever (just about)….
Wise words, bulldog. Blogging shouldn’t be something that one has to do, but something that one wants to do. I do miss seeing your wonderful photos. And I’m tired of the Internet sputtering and then failing. So frustrating.
I can understand you…It is a lot of frustration…I hope you do not need to move from your new house! 🙂 🙂 No, seriously!I imagine it is a temporary problem!
Well some of our stuff is still in boxes. I mean blogging is important 😉
Amazing place thank you dear TBM, love, nia
Looks a little chilly there for sure but what a beautiful waterfall!! Hope they get your internet problem fixed because I have missed you :(.
Ah, thanks. I miss your weird sense of humor. How’s the cabin?
We had an amazing and very relaxing weekend with lots of visiting with family that we rarely get to see. I haven’t smiled and laughed that much and that hard in a long time!! I sat on the point in the sunshine and read and even enjoyed reading in the cabin one afternoon listening to the rain fall and the waves lap up on the beach. We are on our way home now – I just have to hold onto this relaxed feeling for as long as I can :).
close your eyes and enjoy. Sounds wonderful.
Beautiful pictures, TBM! So it was Iceland 🙂 I couldn’t guess. Glad to know that you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and reading more about your Icelandic adventures. Sorry to know about your internet connection. Hope the problem gets fixed soon.
Me too, Vishy. It’s been frustrating. I love technology when it works 😉
Ha, ha, ha! I totally agree with you – that is so true 🙂
It’s beautiful and I would have turned around with you! hope your internet gets fixed soon, its awful when things don’t work properly.
Well I’ve been doing more reading and writing, so that’s good. Hope all is well!
I hope they’re able to do something which will allow a better internet connection. I know how frustrating it is to wait so long for something to load, both in visiting blogs and posting my own.
I have my fingers crossed!
You’ve been busy and having a good time. Lovely pics – those ‘brave souls’ – lets just say you wouldn’t be catching a shot of me there. Nope. No sirree. Absolutely not. I’m just saying! 😀
It it was warmer, maybe I would have gone the entire way. But I didn’t have waterproof trousers on, just my rain jacket so maybe not.
yep, well, I’d leave my waterproofs at home on purpose, just so i didn’t have to go. Ahh, I see, is that what you did as well!! Only kidding. I’m sure you’re brave enough to do that – I’m just a raging softie.
A raging softie–I like the sound of that. a really fierce, nice person.
Hey, welcome back. 🙂 Those falls look amazing. Hope you weren’t sick the entire trip!
not the entire trip, but we did miss one of our tours. Oh well, we ended up having a wonderful afternoon that day so I can’t complain too much.
No apologies needed – this should be fun, not a chore. Do hope you are on the mend now? Big Man and I have been looking at trips to Iceland, where did you stay? Looks marvellous!
We stayed in Reykjavík. I think the hotel was named Reykjavík Centrum but not 100% positive. If you want the actual name, let me know and I’ll get it for you. There was a great fish restaurant next to it. If you want to eat there, make a reservation. The hotel was right next to the downtown area with lots of shopping and a few restaurants. We really liked it.
Ooh sounds good and I think an offer I saw recently through Secret Places was for that hotel!
There you go. It’s fate! Try the restaurant. It’s right next to it, but not the one in the hotel lobby. Sorry, just can’t remember the name. it’s run by a female chef if that helps.
I’d really love to see Iceland. It’s quite an adventure, I think. Have you read Halldor Laxness yet?
Caroline, thank you. Our tour bus drove my an author’s cabin and the guide said his name and informed us he’s the only writer from Iceland who won the Nobel Prize (I think that’s the right award) and I couldn’t remember the name. You saved me from doing some research. To answer your question, I haven’t, but plan to now. It’s always neat seeing where an author lived. I didn’t get a photo since we were on the bus, but I can see it in my head.
I’ve been been busy too…bogged down with work. I still have to write my post for last week (missed my goal), but I feel it’s important to read and comment on some blogs:)
I know how you feel. Good luck getting caught up and thanks so much for stopping by. Much appreciated. I know how busy you are.
Wonderful tour, TBM! Look like a fabulous place. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve been absent, too, but I try to pop into the blogging world when I can.
I wish you and your mother well. Please take care. I know this isn’t an easy time for your family and my thoughts are with you.
I am so totally jealous but very proud of you for reaching to new heights yet again. Can’t wait to see more photos!
Thanks, I’m hoping to get back to normal blogging in a few days.
Looks gorgeous! I wouldn’t have wanted to get too wet either.
I hightailed it out of there pretty quickly once the wind shifted.
WOW!!! That looks amazing!!
I hope you’re alright now, not sick anymore
Illness has passed. thanks for asking.
Dude. Sounds like a great little trip, especially if you like The Outdoors. These pictures look pretty awesome.
Iceland is a cool place. I didn’t know what to expect and I had my mouth open the whole time in appreciation.