Icelandic Ice Cave

DSC_1123Nick and I recently honeymooned in Europe and spent the majority of our vacation in Iceland. My favorite thing that we did was explore an ice cave that was dug into one of their largest glaciers. It was as cold as you would expect but I loved the way that they would incorporate LED lights into the ice to create a glowing effect. It was definitely an experience I would recommend to any visiting the area!

DSC_1058(The entrance of the cave was this massive tunnel- it was a little scary at first but they had twinkle lights set up to guide us in)

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DSC_1063(It was kind of like being in a gigantic igloo.)

DSC_1066(The light would illuminate one portion of the cave and keep the rest in the dark. It was so beautiful)

DSC_1091(The had their own chapel where couples could get married in if they wished. Say goodbye to the dress, you would freeze!)

DSC_1098(There were a couple of forks that would take you into different tunnels, we made sure to stick with the group so that we didn’t get lost!)

DSC_1115(When I saw this, I got a little spooked. Part of the cave was melting and creating this gorgeous view, the ice looked like crystal. But it got me thinking…the glacier was melting. Unfortunately, this ice cave probably won’t be here in the next 5 years.)

DSC_1137Here is the view from the glacier. Something I loved about Iceland was that at one moment you were soaking up the sun and the next you were standing on snow. From waterfalls to geysers, Iceland is a pretty magnificent place!

Tahoe Spring.

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Tahoe is a sad sight for snow right now but as the snow melts away, the emerald beauty reappears just in time for Summer.  With these last few weeks at the ski/snowboard resorts, it’s time to get those last few turns in before you trade in your snow pants for your swim suits.  Tahoe is one of my all time favorite places year round.  You can’t go wrong when you are surrounded by such an amazing place.

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I was worried that Squaw might not have too many lifts open based on it’s bare face but the upper mountain had a bunch of lifts open!

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Upper mountain looking beautiful as ever.

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Park laps with Brie!

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Brie at the top!

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We did hit some rough patches but after an epic day we hit the hot tub at high camp.

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I can’t believe what a snowless season it was but we will take what we can get and it was still awesome to be up snowboarding in the mountains.

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Some clouds started to roll in as we headed down the mountain to check out the Winter Wonder Festival in the village.

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Bands playing with Squaw as a backdrop.

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With Winter already out the door, it’s time to gear up for an epic Summer in the mountains.

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Although, a storm was creeping in as I left the mountains last weekend so maybe we will be lucky enough to have one last snow storm before it’s full Summer mode!

What is your favorite season to be in the mountains?!

Winter Wear.

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 I’d been hearing so many great things about Helly Hansen’s outerwear that I knew my next outerwear jacket was going to be one of theirs.  Since I love to go to Tahoe regularly and genuinely love winter weather, I’ve fallen in love with this jacket!  It’s cozy, warm, and my go to when the temps start to drop.

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I love the white zipper detail.

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I added these over the knee boots and leggings to stay warm.  I also love the button detailing on these boots.

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Just add a beanie and I’m happy.  I love to be bundled when the weather starts to cool down so I love having the right clothes to be prepared to play outside even in the winter!

Kupres.

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I realized I hadn’t finished sharing all of my photos from Bosnia and I really want everyone to see how beautiful it is.  Definitely worth a visit even if you aren’t an avid horse rider because there are many other things to do.  Every day was fun to wake up and look out the window because the weather was changing so fast.

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IMG_0913The horses coming in for the night.

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The cabins!

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Fred overseeing the horses going out in the morning.

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The beautiful mountain colors.

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Morning fog.

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The babies!

IMG_1201Petra and Fred.

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Hanne at the barn 🙂

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Barn chickens.

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Fred laying in the snow.

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Snow cover!

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Gorgeous snowy covered Kupres!

Kupres is a short 3 hr drive from Split, Croatia.  You get the best of both worlds by flying into Split because you arrive near the ocean and end up in the mountains in Kupres.

Snow Update.

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If you love skiing or snowboarding like me, you love the winter time living near ski areas.  I like to get up to Tahoe as much as I can no matter what the season but I’m happy winter is here.  There isn’t much snow up there but most of the resorts have opened so it was nice to get back on my board with some friends.

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Squaw on Saturday.

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At certain points it was very hard to see with the low lying clouds.

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Being silly with Brie, my favorite snowboarder babe.

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The sunset was a beautiful one.  Normally, this area would be covered in snow.  We still need a good storm to come through and cover everything.

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It’s so weird to not see everything covered in snow by December!  Here’s the Truckee River.

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Shirley, Gold Coast, and Siberia were the main chairlifts open at Squaw this weekend.  The mountain run is not open yet and needs a lot more snow but it’s still worth it to get back on the snow!

Turn It Up.

IMG_7657This is Emily.  She is one of the most bad a$# friends that we have.  Her and her husband, Matt, are kind enough to take me out on their snowmobiles whenever I go visit them in Tahoe which is AMAZING.  I can’t explain how much fun I have with them and even shooting photos of them on their machines because they are both incredibly talented.  After the last big snow, we headed out to Jackson Meadows for an all day play date.  I had one of the most fun days I’ve had all winter.  I could barely walk the next day I was so sore but it was all worth it.

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IMG_7662(Emily and Tom making turns)

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IMG_7630(It’s beyond gorgeous out where there are no cars and just pure mountain.  Sometimes there is no other place I’d rather be)

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IMG_7659(I’ll follow Em and Matt anywhere on these toys)

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IMG_7651(Could she be any more amazing??  She rips her sled around.)

They were trying to teach me how to make these deep turns all day and I was having so much fun trying.  It’s not as easy as they make it look, it takes a lot of upper body strength.  We kept coming across meadows and meadows of untouched snow for miles.  It was heaven.  It was like running through a forest and finding hidden gems at every turn.  The little kid was brought out in all of us and we soaked it all in.  Days like these are priceless and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  With Spring upon us, the snow will begin to melt and it will be time for us to shift into summer mode.  The seasons have a way of moving along memories into different forms.  I hold them all close.

We hope you had a great Easter!

Sweater Weather

OK, more like heavy jacket weather but I’ve been listening to the song “sweater weather” by Neighbourhood a lot lately so I thought it was fitting.  Have you heard that song??  It’s such a jam.  I was up in my old stomping grounds this past weekend and it was one of the coldest but most beautiful weekends up in North Lake Tahoe.  Despite the cold, I was outside all weekend soaking in one of the most beautiful scenery’s in the world.  When I could muster up enough warmth to take my hands out of my mittens, this is what I was surrounded by.

IMG_6687(Emily and Matt are always kind enough to take me out on their snowmobiles and one of our favorite spots to go to is Watson Peak.  Can you beat this view?!)

IMG_6698(Emily is so awesome.  She’s so tiny but can rip a sled around better than most boys I know)

IMG_6711(Getting artsy)

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IMG_6688(Taking a break and taking in the view)

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IMG_6735(Then the sun started setting.  These colors never become dull to me.  Sunsets are incredible in Tahoe)

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IMG_6741(The next day, I woke up to go snowboarding and as I was walking out the door I saw this amazing light shining through the icicles on the front deck)

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I headed to Squaw Valley for the day which was a stifling -9 degrees in the morning.  However, I was bundled and prepared and no amount of cold weather could have stopped me from enjoying one of my most favorite hobbies.  I got to snowboard with some close friends and explore the mountain.  With blue skies everywhere, it’s hard not to feel so lucky to have such a beautiful place only a 3 hours drive away.