This post is really just personal reflection, something I’ve been trying to force myself to do more of, and shares the story of how I went from loving engineering, to hating engineering, to now pursuing web development. As usual, I’m hesitant to share a lot of this, but I realize how much it would have helped me to read someone else’s experience when I was going through the worst parts of engineering school, so if this helps one kid who’s about to crack because fluid dynamics is hard as shit, then it’s worth it.
You’ve probably seen no less than a dozen pictures of the famous “Casa del Arbol” swing in Banos, Ecuador. Sure, it’s alright, but it doesn’t measure up to these numerous other swings in the city that no one ever hears about.
Before I bought my van, I was reading pretty much everything I could about the van dwelling lifestyle because I found it really exciting to read about other people’s stories and learn from their experiences related to living in a van or car. Blog posts and Instagram captions are great, but I found full-length books to be some of the best resources for van dwelling knowledge and inspiration. Here’s a list of the best books for a vandweller or for those simply obsessed with the idea of van life.
See you on the road!
People planning trips to Iceland should put some serious thought into deciding whether or not to rent a 4WD, 4×4, or AWD vehicle for driving in Iceland. Being a fairly significant increase in cost from a standard, compact 2WD vehicle, you want to make sure you’re not paying for something you don’t need, but you also don’t want to find yourself held back on your trip as a result of not having 4WD. This article should help you to decide if renting a 4WD car is worth it for your trip to Iceland.
People thinking about visiting Iceland in March can be a bit apprehensive, unsure if they’re about to plan their vacation in the midst of an arctic snowstorm. While March in Iceland certainly isn’t all balmy sunny days, I’m happy to let you know that March is actually a great time to visit Iceland. After visiting Iceland in March in the Spring of 2016, here are my thoughts as to why March in Iceland is absolutely perfect!
What’s the weather like in Iceland during the month of March? Let me tell you how it was for my trip to Iceland in March of 2016!
During our 10 day trip to Iceland in March of 2016, the temperatures during the day were often in the mid-forties to low fifties, with one of the nicest days getting into the mid-60s! We were usually comfortable in hiking pants, a long sleeve shirt, light mid-layer, and a jacket on top. Overall, the temperatures weren’t nearly as cold as most people assume when they think about a country with “Ice” in the name. Though temperatures will obviously change year to year, I wouldn’t be worried about cold temperatures in March! It’s generally very moderate, and can even get warm when the sun comes out!
After hiking throughout the Northeast on standard hiking trails, I was craving a little bit more excitement for my weekend outings. I wanted hikes that added a little adrenaline without being dangerous to the point where technical rock climbing gear and skills were always necessary. That’s where rock scrambles are the perfect fit. For experienced hikers in good physical shape seeking something a little different for their next challenge, look no further than these epic scrambles in the Northeast.
I’ve organized this list of scrambles based on my own opinion of their difficulty and risk. Keep in mind that even the scrambles in the “beginner” category are no joke, and hikers attempting them should be prepared for steep, rugged terrain and potentially dangerous hiking. Introductory level scrambles are expert level hikes.
My write-ups for each scramble definitely won’t provide all of the info you’ll need to plan your trip, rather, they are meant to give you an idea of which ones are worth researching further using the links I’ve included in the “more info” section included with each route.
I’d like to continue adding to this page, so if you have any suggestions for routes to add, please leave a comment below!
Glaciers are some of the most amazing natural features on Earth, and there is no better place to visit them than in Iceland. Especially since they are disappearing at an alarming rate due to global warming, it would be a crime not to visit one during your trip to Iceland. Luckily, contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need special equipment, an expensive guide, or even more than an hour or two to visit one of the most amazing and beautiful attractions that you will see in Iceland. Let me tell you how to visit a glacier in Iceland for free!
At the time of writing this post, WOW air allows you only a single carry on bag that weighs at most 10kg, which is about 22lbs, and a maximum dimensional size of 42 x 32 x 25cm (16.5 x 12.6 x 9.8″). (Check up to date limits here) When you consider the carry on bag you’re using probably weighs a few pounds already, you’re not left with too much remaining to pack what you need for your trip. When I was getting ready to go to Iceland, I tried to put my DSLR camera gear and an ultralight tripod in my backpack and it was already over weight. That just wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t about to shell out more money to increase the allowable weight of my carry on. That’s about when we found the loophole and all of our problems were solved.
In the early morning hours of August 10, 1969 a small single engine Piper Cherokee 140 plane piloted by F. Peter Simmons crashed into the small valley between Mount Marshall and Iroqouis in the Adirondacks High Peaks Region. When his plane came down, it landed in a grove of small pine trees narrowly missing several large boulders that would have torn it apart. When rescuers finally reached Simmons later that day, they found him only semi-conscious, with broken bones all over his body, but alive.