It was my second time in Iceland after over 15 years, in autumn– the season of change and impermanence, yet this time it wasn’t the overpowering smell of sulfur I remember most about this trip. This time, it was the simple reminder of how special our world is, our ever-changing planet and everything that thrives within it. To be able to hike between crevasses of glaciers, descend into lava tubes, explore ice caves, swim in hot springs, walk on the edge of volcanic craters, design systems to allow us to get to these places, undertake these activities and be conscious of doing them are all signs of not only our dependency on our natural world, but the remarkable feats of our species alone. Our planet and circumstance are so unique, and much of them are still a mystery. Hope we allow ourselves to continue evolving, as the Earth evolves and maintains its equilibrium.
Thingvellir National Park
UNESCO World Heritage site. First parliament founded here near Lake Thingvallavatn, and where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.