The smelliest place of all: Krýsuvík, Iceland

In celebration of the final day with Emma as co-pilot, we decided to visit the place where the bowels of the earth expel sulphuric flatulence in visually spectacular ways. Welcome to Krýsuvík! The earth bubbles with hot steam, resulting in the sensory experience of existing inside a hot wet fart. It is really undeniable. But still quite … More The smelliest place of all: Krýsuvík, Iceland

An improbability of puffin pictures, Iceland

Vestmannaeyjar is home to Iceland‘s largest puffin colony. There is a convenient bird viewing platform located on the north side of cape Stórhöfði. In our quest to see all the puffins, we headed there in the afternoon. There was nary a bird on our first visit to the area (although it was still stunningly beautiful).You can … More An improbability of puffin pictures, Iceland

Puffin paradise: Sæheimar Aquarium

After a long and exhausting ferry kerfuffle (see travel note below), Emma and I landed on Heimaey Island, the largest of the Vestmannaeyjar islands and the home of several thousand people and Iceland’s largest puffin colony.We knew the local celebrity puffin, Tóti, lived at the Sæheimar Aquarium, so it was our first stop. For Emma, it was love at … More Puffin paradise: Sæheimar Aquarium

A moment of perfection in Bruce Peninsula National Park

In addition to getting to hang with all my family members, I was also able to spend some magical moments in the pristine Canadian wilderness. Karen had taken the week off work, and the weather could not be more perfect. We packed up her car and headed to  Bruce Peninsula National Park for some hiking … More A moment of perfection in Bruce Peninsula National Park