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The Long Road Home | by Trey Ratcliff
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The Long Road Home

I took this on perhaps one of my best days in Iceland.


I woke up around 5 PM at Hotel Edda Laugar in Saelingsdal. Many of you already know I was sleeping days and staying up all night to take photos. This was my last day/night cycle in Iceland, so I wanted to make the most of it.


Anyway, after waking up, I went out to the natural hot springs for a dip. It was a perfect little rocky spring filled with steaming-hot sulfur-smelling water. As usual, I was totally alone and didn't see another soul. I stayed there, looking at the afternoon mountains for about 30 minutes until I reached a dangerous dream-state. And then dragged myself out and walked back to the hotel. I had one of those post-hot-tub shells of heat around me to protect from the cold. I didn't even feel it.


I got back inside, put on some warm clothes, and then went down to get dinner (breakfast). Actually, I got two of them. The second one was to-go because I would eat it around 1 or 2 AM, when there is absolutely nothing open. Besides, I knew I would be way out in the boonies where there was not even an option for anything to be open!


Around 3 AM, I started driving back to Reykjavik. As I was going down one of the fjords in the northwest, the sign lined up in my view, so I pulled over to take a shot to share with you.


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Taken on June 12, 2010