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Icelandic Ponies!! – Icelandic Countryside

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Omg look at these ponies with their fabulous hair

Oh. My. God. These. Ponies. Were. FABULOUS.


Look at them just being awesome out in the field together.

Lucious locks

That hair!!

We had heard about the wonderful Icelandic ponies but didn’t really think we’d see any on our trip because… where the hell would we see them? Luckily while driving between Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir we saw a bunch of farmland and OMG so many ponies at this one farm that we had to pull over (if you’re driving on Route 37 it was somewhere around Laugarvatn).

Icelandic pony just chilllin

Such hip hairstyles


What made this even better was that, being February in Iceland, the sunlight level was set at “Golden Hour” for about half the day. Really helped out the photography effort haha.

Soooooo coool ponies

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November 7th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Just outside the Blue Lagoon spa

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland but good god DAMN it was worth it. This was one of the first things we did once we got here: landed from our red-eye flight at 6:00am, ate a massive hotel breakfast (the second-best European hotel breakfast buffet that I’ve ever eaten, in fact), then headed straight to the spa. We probably stayed longer than most people would but it was just lovely floating around in the warm pools and drinking and relaxing.

The edge of the pool OUTSIDE the spa

My friend looks like a cartoon character

"Enjoy yourself"

The Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lónið) is a man-made spa created from wastewater from a nearby geothermal plant. That sounds kinda gross to bathe in wastewater but that’s not the case, people started claiming it had healing abilities and so a spa was created.

Creepin' on strangers

We stayed long enough that the sun started going down a bit towards the end of our stay (in that last picture). I think afterwards we all went back to the hotel and napped. A great day haha.

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November 4th, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Thingvellir, Iceland

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I want to say that when my crew and I went to Iceland it was “before it was cool” but Iceland has been, well, hella cold forever so that phrase didn’t really work. This trip is what happens when a few friends discover a crazy good travel deal and purchase it on their phones while at a bar after drinking for several hours.

These set of photos is from the Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir), which was about an hour or so outside of Reykjavik. According to my extensive research on Wikipedia it is where the Icelanding Parliament was founded in AD930. It’s also the site of the continental rift between the North American and Eurasian plates, which you can see in a bunch of the pictures as big canyons and cracks. The More You Know. The park is extremely beautiful and my pictures didn’t really do it justice, which I could definitely say for the entirety of Iceland.

Walking in the continental rift

Left: The rift / Right: All frozen everythang

Walking on the frozen lake

You could easily spend a day here hiking or taking a boat out if it’s warm (there’s a big lake not pictured here) but it was February when we went and therefore a weeeeee bit cold. It’s a popular spot too to view the Northern Lights when they decide to show up.

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October 28th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Hawaii – Jumpers

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Recently went to Hawaii, took a lot of photos but here were a few that… [sunglasses] jumped off the screen. Enough, Miko. The top photo is looking over Diamond Head and Honolulu, the bottom two are both at the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

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April 18th, 2013 at 12:17 am

Tampa Bay, FL

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Top picture, the Howard Franklin Bridge (I-295) that connects St. Petersburg to Tampa: took this pretty soon after take-off from TPA, going against the No Electronics rule… Oops.

Middle & Bottom pictures, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge connecting St. Petersburg to Tierra Ceia: took these from a moving car going over the bridge into some serious fog. We’d never driven over before and had no idea the bridge went so high (we’re used to flat, floating bridges in Seattle…) and the fog made it all seem like it disappeared into ghost world.

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March 2nd, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Provincetown, MA – Beaches

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Spent a week in Cape Cod with a few friends this summer. Here’s some pics from the beaches we visited and various amounts of sunlight.

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December 19th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Chicago, IL

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Made it to Chicago, seriously a great city. History, culture, restaurants, architecture, and lots of interesting characters. We missed out on two things during our brief stay here, one being the Sears Tower and the other being Wrigley Field (the Cubs were away). The only thing I’d change for that trip was the weather–108F isn’t cool at all. Seriously though.

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November 26th, 2012 at 12:36 am

Election Night 2012

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A few pictures I took at an Election Night party in Seattle at Neumos. These pictures were from when they projected Obama to win reelection, gay marriage to pass and marijuana legalized. Washington!

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November 7th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Mt. Si, Washington

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Recently went hiking up Mt. Si, about 40 miles outside of Seattle. The top picture is me facing towards Snoqualmie, bottom-left is my aunt and uncle, bottom-right is the view facing towards Mt. Rainier. It was too hazy to really see Mt. Rainier which is a damn shame.

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October 3rd, 2012 at 11:05 pm

San Francisco, CA

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Went on a quick weekend trip to San Francisco and I took hella pictures. Clockwise from top-left: on the Market Street cablecar; Coco Crisp vs. the Seattle Mariners (we won); ice-cold Coca-Cola; a hipster palm tree at Dolores Park.