Friday, August 25, 2017

June 13, 2017: A Cloudy Day in Iceland Part 2

After the glacier, we headed to the seacoast town of Vik.

After lunch we headed down to a black sand beach.

There is a shallow cave that the waves have hollowed out in the basalt of the hill.

The basalt columns almost seem man made.

Turns out they are great for posing on.

After the photographic opportunities had been exhausted, we got on the bus and headed for another waterfall named Seljalandsfuss.

It was possible to walk behind the waterfall but it would mean that you would get wet from the windblown spray. The temperature was in the forties and, unlike the well prepared Madame Le Chef, the bureau chief did not have a down jacket. I elected to remain dry and Madame joined me in that. We watched our hardy comrades emerge at a distance..

It was interesting that the powerful waterfall ended in a modest sized stream.

Like many bodies of water and fountains in shopping malls, tourists had thrown coins in its crytal clear water.

Monday, August 14, 2017

To the sun

We're in August which in San Francisco is known as 'Fogust". We recently had to drive up to Marin County just to see the sun. The sun appeared just past the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. We went to Point Reyes Station for lunch. Here's a picture of blue sky over a rather dirty Studebaker Lark.

We decided to visit Point Reyes Nation Seashore. We reentered the grey but not the fog. We went to South beach which has some amenities.

There were six people in the parking lot but the beach was deserted.

There were signs of previous visitors.

Eventually we had some aerial visitors.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

June 13, 2017: A Cloudy Day in Iceland Part 1

We went on another, even longer, bus tour to the South East coast of Iceland. As the title of this post indicates, it was quite cloudy and there was steam coming out of the ground.

There were farms huddled below ominous looking hills.

We were never far from water.

Our first stop was at a waterfall called Skogafoss.

Various hardy souls wanted the view from the top of the falls.

The view from the bottom was fine with us.

 The next stop was the glacier Solheimajokull.

It's grey because the ice is covered with grey and black volcanic ash. A different tour group had crampons, ice axes and a dispensation to walk on the ice.

 Our group heeded this sign.

We were fine with that.