Thursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The main driver for this trip was seeing the northern lights, with a side of traditional Sami culture and viking history to boot. Over our 12 day trip we took in Oslo, Tromso, Bergen, Flam, and Trondheim.
We had a fantastic time. Norway has great walkable cities, even in winter. We bundled up as needed, and enjoyed seeing the old stone churches, exploring museums, and even dining outdoors thanks to sheepskin blankets and warmers. And yes, we did see the northern lights.
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We are about to enter the last portion of our fall 2015 trip, which ends in Gibraltar. so i thought it would be a great time to finally kick off our early 2016 trip to Norway. spoiler; there are northern lights ahead. Here we are flying into Bergen, at the same time a boat was arriving. #norway #travel #wanderlust #wonderlust #wanderwoman #letsgo #adventure #europe #travelgram #womenwhotravel #tourism #ilovetravel #visitnorway #traveltheworld #explore #seetheworld #theworldupclose #neverstopexploring #traveljunkie #wander #NorwayNotEU #snow #aerial #imonaplane #beginings #scandinavia #Bergen #DesiraInNorway
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Monday, April 17, 2017
I've been thinking a lot about a National Geographic Article from last year about the stress relieving benefits of time in nature. Mostly I've been thinking about this because reading through the Pray portion of Eat, Pray, Love (which I did in March) mostly made me think this was just a person who had not spent enough time in the the Great Outdoors. And it's made me more aware through this season just what nature really does for me. And it is a lot. I grew up in the country, and I've spent more waking hours outdoors than in, excluding the burden of education and an office job, of course.
So if you are reading this today, I suggest you get out there and find a trail this weekend; it will be Earth Day after all. This season doesn't last long. If you are in Middle Tennessee or Northern Alabama, I'll even make a suggestion. The Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, especially the section known as Shakerag Hollow, makes for some great spring hiking, with lots of wildflowers, birds, and little creeks and cascades.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
A few years ago I also did a 100 happy days challenge, where I shared daily pictures of all the random things that made me happy. I mostly tried to stick to the small stuff, and the results were similarly surprising and satisfying. Rather than being a challenge, the more I looked, the more I saw. I had to restrain myself to one thing each day. It's pretty high on the feel good scale just to focus attention on the good, because there can be so much of it. And the more you look for these types of things, the more you see.
So, that's my current warm and fuzzy. So whether you've got a favorite National Park property or this really cool mug that always makes you smile, I invite you to share some of your favorite things in the comments below. Really, it's for your own good.
I miss #Zion. Of all the desert parks spread across Utah and Arizona, this one spoke to me and said stay. The red rock, the tunnel entrance, the riparian habitat, it feels like a secret oasis. Day 43 #100daysfor100years #findyourpark. #usa #traipse #travel. #Wanderlust #photography #photooftheday #america #getoutside #NationalPark #nps #nps100 #adventure #neverstopexploring #glorious #wonderful #outdoors #nature #zionnationalpark #oasis #shangrila #homeofmyheart #nofilterA photo posted by Desira Fuqua (@desirafu) on
Monday, July 11, 2016
|photo by Roman Bonnefoy|