Seeking A Whiter Shade of Pale

Who knew there are so many colors of dusk. We were prepared for only 4 hours of daylight in Iceland yet it is light enough between 9:30am and 4 pm. We arrived at the Blue Lagoon from the airport yesterday morning and were in the hot springs by 9:30 enjoying the sky. Yes, it is touristy. But this early in the morning there were few people. The thrill of the place is the feeing of icy winds on your face and chest while your lower body is enveloped in delicious swirls of warm current.

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This picture of my granddaughters and me was snapped about an hour before sunrise.

The countryside is barren and eerie in a compelling way. The pale skies above contract with the black lava strewn earth topped by years of accumulated emerald algae. And puffs of steam from the geothermal springs dot the landscape.

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We are staying in the village of Sveitarfelagio Olfus in a simple yet comfortable hotel, Frost and Fire. Yesterday we went for a hike in the surrounding area near the hotel and walked into town. There is some danger in exploring due to the geothermal activity, mud slides, etc. but there was a path. And we stuck to it.

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  1. Ouida Tomlinson

    18 December

    Beth and I were talking about you the other night. I told her you were probably in Florida staying warm. Obviously I was wrong as you are off on another great adventure. Have fun while I remain here wrapped in my weighted blanket, trying to stay warm in North Mississippi. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

    • tarpley

      21 December

      Hi Ouida,

      It was a bonding adventure with my three granddaughters. Love spending time with this generation!

  2. Amanda

    18 December

    So great to see & hear about your new adventures Tarpley! Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration.

    • tarpley

      21 December

      Thank you, Amanda. Everything worked great on the blog. So appreciate your managing me!

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