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Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

Keep checking, the header image changes randomly, now 61!
Our Followers have asked for it, now the headers include where the image was taken…

Photo of the Week – August 29th

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Mountains landscapes are dynamic.  You are either lucky with great weather, fortunate with mixed or threatening weather, or just out of luck.  If there are mountains near you, then you benefit from seeing them at various times of the year.  Here is a shot of Wetterhorn (a neighbor of The Eiger) with the setting sun and another mountain at my back.  The sun emerged under the clouds to ignite the face of The Wetterhorn and set glaciers ablaze in a warm orange glow.  This only lasted for a few minutes.

Added to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday…)

The Weekend Retreat – A Cottage in Iceland

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The beams of light danced across those acres that surrounded us. A quiet lull swept through the landscape and for those six days and five nights we were residing in peace. Freshly cleaned laundry hung through the wind-swept planes and a sense of calm washed over us. Life was slower on that little ranch and we welcomed the relaxed pace.

The neighbors that greeted us were not of the human frame, but rather friendly, free roaming horses. The mountains stretched in the backdrop, birds chirped, gates were open and closed and we were truly at peace.

So what is a weekend retreat if none other than a place to walk barefoot in the grass, witness super moons hover over cascading waterfalls and fall asleep in the glow of the setting sun?

House Specifics:
Located in Southern Iceland not far from the Seljalandsfoss and close to the base of Eyjafjallajökull.
For details on the house rental, we found this charming listing through
http://www.vrbo.com/

Photo of the Week – August 22nd

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On the drive north from Reykjavik, we skipped the tunnel towards Akranes, and drove along the coast of the Whale Fjord, stopping at a few points along the way.  Below is a view across the fjord.

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday…)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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As part of The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette, here is a fun one with a group of Germans at a plane wreck in Iceland.  We have a lot more to post on our recent visit there, so stay tuned.

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Iceland – A World Apart

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Tonight for the first time in a couple of weeks, we drifted off to sleep under the glow of the moon, as opposed to the shining sun. I must admit, it felt peaceful to be wrapped in the arms of darkness and as soon as we parted ways with the day, our bodies rejoiced in the tranquility of twilight. Despite the much-needed rest, we left Iceland with a true sense of melancholy. Never before had we been completely speechless in the presence of nature, words escaped us, tears swelled in our eyes and moments of sheer awe vanished as we became one with the stunning natural world that surrounded us.

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Iceland was in so many ways an eye-opening journey for each of us and for us as a family. The island taught us a great deal about travel and more importantly, ourselves. We learned what happens when dreams become fulfilled and have vowed to teach our children to dream big. We learned that taking risks often rewards us with more than we ever imagined possible. We learned that in this life there are no guarantees, so if there is something we long to see, now is the best time. We embraced the unknown, dared to be a bit more adventurous than normal and relished in the fact that Iceland (despite the looming threat of volcanic eruptions) felt safe in terms of giving strangers rides, asking for help, being entrenched in the most remote landscapes, but never feeling far from security. Iceland reminded us why we choose to live a life of deliberation (no private schools, no cleaning services, no car, no home) because this world is exceptionally beautiful and now that we have seen nature in all of its glory, we yearn to see more.

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I know our readers will want the details of our trip to Iceland – where we stayed, ate, what we saw, how we filled our days and I do promise that will come, but before we post those aspects of our trip we wanted to share with you what it means to travel and to be changed. Changed because of time, place and experiences. Changed because email, social networks, news, sounds other than nature seemed only to distract us from what we went to absorb and the absence of such interferences was a welcome departure from all the noise.

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Iceland also provided the true sense of adventure. As Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia once said when referring to adventure, “When everything goes wrong, that’s when the adventure starts.” Iceland forced us to find our way when the unexpected presented itself, encouraged us to take chances on people and places on more than one occasion and for that, we are forever changed as people and as travelers.

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Iceland is exquisitely beautiful, eerily remote and geologically inspiring. Her people are durable and hardworking with keen entrepreneurial spirits. And as for us, well, we are most humble for the experience that was and will forever be etched in our hearts as Iceland.

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We left the country wholeheartedly grateful for such a remarkable journey and for us, Iceland was the true essence of what it means to travel, to explore and to throw yourself into the unknown.

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What’s to come…The Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik and heading West.

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