How to Train Your Dragon: Ten years later

I lost track of how many times my son watched the original How To Train Your Dragon movie. The conservative estimate is well over 50 times within the first year of its DVD release. Sure, this was not the first time a kid wanted a favorite show on repeat, nor would it be the last. What surprised me was that I was right there next to him for nearly every showing, and nearly all of those viewings were voluntary.

March 26, 2020

Photos: Gullfoss

Gullfoss, the Gold or Golden Falls, is one of the biggest waterfalls in Europe and the namesake of Iceland's Golden Circle. The falls are located south of the glacier Langjökull and northwest of Geysir. The Hvitá river flows from its source, the glacial lake Hvitárvatn, southwest for 40 kilometers before it reaches the gorge at Gullfoss.

August 26, 2019

Photos: Seljalandsfoss and Hjálparfoss

When it comes to waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss routinely cracks most Top 5 lists. The falls are on the leading southwestern edge of the now-infamous Eyjafjallajökull, and is fed from the Seljalands River that originates higher up the volcano.

August 19, 2019

Photos: Gjáin

Not far from Stöng, the Rauðá river runs through an area in the upper Þjórsárdalur valley, an area full of particularly green vegetation and striking rock-and-waterfall formations.

August 15, 2019

Photos: Geysir

There is not one thing I can say about the Geysir hot spring area that already can't be found in any basic search for the Golden Circle. That won't stop me from trying, of course.

August 9, 2019