Deductible: An amount of money the insured must pay for the insurance company to settle a claim. A higher deductible will grant a cheaper policy but, prepare to for over a chunk of change should a claim be submitted. I personally elect for a $500 deductible.
Sunrise: about 5:45AM
Sunset: about 8:30PM
Visit here for exact times as you visit!
Currency: Icelandic Krona (IKR)
USD 1→ISK 130
EURO €1 →ISK 154
Emergency Services: call 112
Road Condition Info: call 1777
Banks Open: 9am-6pm
Petrol Stations Open: 8am-10pm
Drinking Age: 20
Once the language is figured out… then road signs. Drivers have a matter of seconds to decipher what the sign says. It could be the difference between:
You can visit Petrified National Park full of hiking, geology, and numerous photo-ops. The area is known for fossilized trees as well as creatures ranging from clams to a relative of a giant crocodile called a Phytosaur. Most of the tree fossils belong to a conifer species, Araucarioxylon arizonicum – also referred to as rainbow wood! I went on a sunny day so you could really see the brilliant flecks of yellow, red, purple, indigo and green. My iPhone did an excellent job but failed to capture all the colors had to offer.
You can enter the park on the north side (Painted Desert Visitors Center off of Interstate 40) or through the south (Rainbow Forest Museum on highway 80). For $20 you can enjoy over thirty miles of drive-able National Park. Not including the numerous hiking trails and offshoots. I took the Crystal Forest trail where I got most of my awesome pictures and the Blue Mesa loop which was a little harder but worth it. You can hike down into the purple-ly mounds which takes you to a seemingly alien planet. Be prepared to carry water and sun protection, the closest gas station is nearly twenty miles away. The forest is also in the middle of the desert so it is hot, dry and usually windy.
The second half of the park is the Painted Desert and dedicated to the Native people who occupied the lands for generations. Like the fossilized trees, the land reflects similar colors in the striations of the geography. There are numerous examples of pueblos (dwellings) and a site called Newspaper Rock which is a well-known petroglyph site. The most famous location is Casa Grande. The last bit of road crosses over old Route 66 and overlooks the Devil’s Playground:
Stop off at Tiponi, Tawa, Kachina, Chinde, Pintado, Nizhoni, Whipple, And Lacey Points!
If you have ever experienced a significant move – I’m talking through time zones – you know the feeling of seeing a loved one for the first time in months or even years. There are some friends who stick around and some who fade away into their own lives. It happens, c’est la vie. When your friends do visit it is better than getting a unicorn for Christmas.
Two thousand miles could never hold back our friendship! For spring break my best friend of nearly ten years, Danielle is flying in from Pennsylvania and will stay at my house for a week and a half. After I did my joyful dance I started thinking what trouble is going to ensue? For one, a Utah camping trip is in the works. I can have her meet my Arizona friends. Must drive to Cave Creek. Where have I not been that resembles an adventure? The zoo? A movie night! Pool side chats about the future. Here is what happens when your best friend visit:
At first sight. There is much giggling, screaming, and crying that not one damn is given concerning the airport security guard glaring at you for parking too long. Whether one is a hugger or not a hug from your best friend is the best of all.
In-N-Out doesn’t exist everywhere and following a 5-7 hour flight food is essential. For most normal girl-friends, food is a vital slice of your relationship. There is no judgement – and yes, eat that entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Show off all the countless spots to feast on delicious food! O.H.S.O, Sushi Brokers, and Cowboy Ciao – food possibilities remain endless.
Vacation time doesn’t mean that you get to slack off taking care of yourself. I know that I personally fall into this trap most of the time, then I complain about the giant zit on my forehead or how I have the sniffles. Despite never admitting to being sick. NEVER admit to being sick.
These tips can apply to any sort of travel road trips, stay-cations, long distance, by air, jaunts, international travel, even camping.
Here are six ways to stay fly while flying:
Airplanes are dry and stress from traveling wreaks havoc on your skin. The best way to combat dry skin is simply to drink – not airport booze – but good ‘ole H2O. I watch my hydration three days out and three days after. If you can keep that up your pores will thank you. I carry around hydro flasks or blender bottles – both eco-friendly and travel friendly!
Fun Fact: It’s a popular theory that hydration aids jet lag.
Vitamins in lotion keep that mug soft and glowing. Keep it simple – I prefer to use scent free Aveeno daily moisturizer. As you can see, it is available in a cute travel size at a more than affordable price.
Find it in the travel section at Walmart or Target.
The make-up that is. Headed to the airport opt for a fresh face. Again with the clogged pores…
Hack: Instead of taking the whole package, grab a Ziplock and take what you need. The zipper seal keeps them moist and maximizes space.
Find it in the travel section at Walmart or Target.
As a make-up minimalist, my daily routine includes SPF BB Cream, eyeliner, mascara and chapstick. My eyebrows, only recently, went on fleek. Especially while traveling I like to keep it light. I do splurge on one item – matte velvet liquid lip color by Lime Crime. This stuff is awesome and has a selection that varies between wild and tame.
Airports are filthy. Whenever I go on a trip that involves a plane, I get sick. Think about it (or don’t) one hundred plus people all sharing the same air for several hours. Recently I have been popping Zicam Pre-Cold Tablets after a flight – if I start feeling sick. It is essentially a vitamin C, non-drowsy, homeopathic solution to a looming cold. Armed with Zicam and antibacterial wipes I think I can make my upcoming trip without feeling gross.
*Note this is not a daily supplement – take only if you exhibit cold symptoms!
Check out any pharmacy
I opt for the undercover superhero look, you know…
Dark, layers and practical.
Make sure you use layers in case the plane gets too hot or too cold, that way you can be just right. Wear shoes that you can get in and out of quickly. If you are trying to save space in your luggage opt to wear your heaviest shoes. I will be wearing my Doc Martens as I am traveling with a carry on. The debate is always out for us females – are leggings appropriate for the airport? My answer is simple, use your head. IF indeed you can see your butt through your leggings, no matter what, then NO – leggings are not appropriate.
Kolob Terrace road cuts behind Zion National Park. As you drive through the winding roads and grassy plateaus you gain about three thousand feet in fifteen minutes. At the bottom the temperature is in the 80’s – hot – as you are in a desert. I finally had to stop just before the summit because my Ford Fiesta was unable to trudge through the seven inches of slushy snow. Yep – from the desert, dry as bones to SNOW. So you get the idea. Anyway on the trek back down the mountain my best friend Dani starts screaming at me to stop the car – I thought she saw another animal. Cows pretty much ran the show, milling about in the middle of the road.
Now you have to understand that we are essentially on a ridge – nothing to the right, nothing much to the left. As you can see in the picture below there is the top of a hill, a short plateau followed by a sheer drop. I pulled over as much as I could and threw on my hazards – not like there were many cars passing anyway.
I used the zoom on my camera to zoom in on the black shadow she was speaking of. It was indeed a cow.
My main question is why? Followed by how? Clearly she is all by herself there were no other signs of cattle around. If you could have taken in the scenery you too would be as confused as I. I grew up on a farm but I don’t know much about cows. What I do know is that they aren’t the smartest. What I made up in my head is that she won her freedom from becoming dinner by trekking to the hill where she stood.
You go adventure cow!
Your Cobweb Clearer, Kate
Yesterday, I visited Arizona’s newest attraction – Odysea. Located right off the 101, Via de Venture exit is a growing complex that houses North America’s largest butterfly conservatory, Butterfly Wonderland as well as the newest feature Odysea Aquarium.
Odysea features a gaggle of sea otters, African penguins and various species of fish and sea creatures from around the world.Follow a droplet of water through the water cycle. The cycle starts in a creek and ends in the deep ocean. Odysea will later feature stingray petting, backstage tours of the penguin and otter exhibits, as well as under sea “trekking”. The facility has only been open for three weeks so, expect a soft open experience none the less it was worth two hours of my time and $35.
Take a visit! It is worth it.
Disclaimer: I have NOT mastered aquarium pictures, bare with me 🙂
Before the right or wrong of it comes up, I stand by preservation and protection of species that require healing. Education is the only way to protect therefore I support conservatories like Odysea.
Meet the cutest little monsters at Odysea Aquarium! I would totally steal one but, I do have a ferret of my own…
6:15 PM sunburned, bitten, hungry, and parched. This is the only picture taken after my mom and I grounded our truck in Utah wilderness. I’m sure that I have mentioned a passionate hatred towards sand. It blows in your eyes, finds its way into places never imagined but, more importantly shipwrecks trucks. Here’s what happened:
Back track to 3:00 PM: “Oh! Look, there are eight hundred miles of trails back here” I pointed out to my mom. We were traveling through Utah, in normal fashion but, this time looking for new places to hike. We entered Nephi Pastures via Grand Escalante National Monument, eighteen miles off RT 89A. The road terrain was sandy, deep in parts but, it was easy to navigate with the truck. It was a grand ‘ole time navigating the technical drive. The windows were open and our dog was relaxing in the back seat. Nine miles in we realized we had a problem. The middle strip of the road was solid, compacted sand with loose pockets of deep sand on either side. It was impossible to tell how deep by looking at it. What grounded us was one tire spinning out and the axle of the truck hanging itself on the sand bar. Nothing dramatic so far and we had confidence in our digging skills.
“Ok, let’s dig out” which in hindsight was the worst idea possible. We dug with our hands for two hours since who brings shovels? We tried everything – sticking branches under the tires, digging, re-burying, pushing – nothing. The sand was burning from the afternoon sun, which made for more unpleasantness not to mention fun fact: spiders and cactus spines exist underground. I had a massive welt from a spider bite on my forearm – which I didn’t notice until later – also several spines in my leg and hands. It became clear that we weren’t going to break out of this situation ourselves. We abandoned the truck and set off on foot at about 5PM, hoping that we would run into other hikers or find cell reception. Before making the hike back we grabbed the essentials including an ID, my AAA card, headlamps, phone battery pack, two gallons of water and snacks.
Realize how far into bumblef*ck nowhere we were – eighteen miles off of 89A, which is ten miles from Kanab (the nearest town) and nine miles down the Bureau of Land Management road.
We were thirty seven miles from anywhere and it was nearing sundown.
Three miles into an uphill trudge in sand my phone miraculously receives service. Immediately, I contact AAA. I have never had a problem with AAA before, but, when I needed them to step up they dropped the ball. I was transferred to two different people whom could not understand my specific instructions as to where we were. It was simple – from 89A, Johnson Canyon Road, drive eighteen miles until you approach the Nephi Pasture trail head –we were nine miles in. I did everything short of giving the operator GPS coordinates. After repeating myself several times I was starting to lose my temper as I was losing service. Not long after she said she called the towing company, the line went dead. Without knowing if the tow truck would find us or not, we pressed on. If the tow truck was coming he wouldn’t miss us. There was only one way in, one way out.
Another mile up the road my mom and I heard ATVs coming out direction. We flagged them down as they approached, hoping they weren’t serial killers. They offered to drive us back to the trailhead without skipping a beat. Relieved we hopped in. Back at the trail head – nearing 6:45PM – the wait continued. Waited, waited, and waited. Still not tow truck. We pulled ourselves together and started walking again. The sun was set to go down within the next forty five minutes – we had a dog which would attract predators, we would have no source of ambient light other than headlamps and neither of our phones had service. It was getting dicey.
Twenty minutes later we heard the ATVers coming home. This time they offered to assist us back to their truck and pull us out. They were our saving grace! I always question the intentions of people and their kindness, but, this family was simply amazing. All it took was pulling our truck off of the sandbar. With little effort their truck pulled us out. I wish we could thank the ATVers who came through for us, but in all of the action we never stopped to ask a last name or a contact. We offered to treat them to dinner back in Kanab but, they wouldn’t accept – they told us to pay it forward. All I knew is that my mom, my dog and I would have been in real danger had they not been there.
We were back on the road to our hotel by 8PM
Check out : 11 Tips To Survive A Wilderness Emergency for some advice on wilderness travel!
What is the stickiest situation you’ve been in?
Your Cobweb Clearer, Kate
Welcome to my compilation of outdoor wanderlust inspiring gallery. We all have places that make us feel alive. I have listed my top ten – ever changing, ever expanding – locations. Share your places below in the comments!