Today was quite a big adventure day for us - larger than we anticipated it to be. I awoke to some very surreal views from our rental home. The entire space is covered with floor to ceiling loft windows that expose the barren landscape that surrounds us. It was clear enough today that we could see the snow caps on the hills surrounding the house. I cooked a hearty breakfast in preparation as there is no food available around us nearby. Saving our other mapped adventures for another day, we decided to venture out to some that are closer near the rental home.
We headed east and ended up in Þingvellir National Park. We drove the entire expanse of the park, stopping along the way for the Öxarárfoss Waterfall which required a bit of a hike to get to. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the trail which happened to be buried deep into the ravine of a lava rock canyon. Two photography hikers who approached us at the gate decided to turn back but we went for it and it was well worth it. Being in the white ravine as it snowed was a breathtaking sight of which I will never forget. We packed snowballs and made a snowball fight of it.
They play surprisingly good music here which we were able to enjoy throughout the day-long drive, stopping incessantly to photograph the hills, the fields and winding roads that inspired and stunned us. Still no northern lights sighting, but it was a memorable day in my book of days. It’s another planet out here. We often keep saying that we feel as though we are exploring Mars. There was a part of me today who felt like a kid again - a job to do that was simply none other than to be curious, to know joy and to explore with all that I am.