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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.