Hello everyone! I’m in the works of putting my first adventure of the new year together and it brings me so much excitement! Now, let me get on with it….
I have a 3 day weekend coming up which for me means an opportunity to do something new. I currently have an infatuation with Iceland in conjunction with seeing the Aurora Borealis. Witnessing the Aurora Borealis has been a lifelong desire and it used to be that I HAD to see the Northern Lights from the Arctic Circle but due to work and current time constraints it turns out that I can’t have my cake and eat it too; so I’ll settle for seeing the Aurora Borealis from Alaska. Anchorage actually or just outside of Anchorage in February.
I’ve been posting some of my travel photos on Instagram and have been following some amazing travelers who post some really epic pics. My photography skills don’t begin to compare to most of the people who I follow on Instagram but for me it’s about the experience not necessarily the need to share it on social media although if I’m able to capture a half decent picture then I’m absolutely going to share it for all to see.
Also influencing my desire to visit a location to witness this natural phenomena was a short film called Under an Arctic Sky. It gave me the last nudge that I needed to make the decision to go. The little voice in my head said “Marissa, if not now then when?”. The short film followed photographer Chris Burkard, filmmaker Ben Weiland and a crew of surfers to surf along the frozen shores of Iceland. The story was inspiring and visually amazing. Imagine the sight of surfers trampling beaches of white snow in pursuit of catching a wave. Just WOW!
Although it’s not Iceland (yet) I am going on an adventure to try to see the Northern Lights. From what I’ve read I’m going at the right time and traveling to one of the ideal spots in Alaska. I know that it’s a long distance for such a short trip but those aren’t deal breakers for me. I’ll be doing something that I’ve always to do and doing it in a way that currently works with my circumstances. Why put off for another day what can be accomplished today? “Divide and conquer”, I always say. As in a Julius Caesar way not the binary search algorithm.
I’m from Arizona and have lived here my entire life so I’m used to a desert climate. Although I have travelled to a number of places I’ve only experienced real snowfall once in my life when I traveled to Indiana to watch a Notre Dame football game which resulted in me listening (as opposed to watching live) to the second half of a Notre Dame football game from the heated womans restroom. In theory I suppose my cold weather experience wasn’t too bad because I’m willing to experience something a little more extreme than my first introduction to real cold weather.
In the meantime I have lots to learn about photography in order to optimize my chance at taking a halfway decent photo of nature in all its glory and I also need to go through my closet to take inventory of what kind of cold weather clothes I own to pack for my getaway. I don’t think skirts with tights and high heels will work this time.
If by any chance you have any advice whatsoever to enlighten me with then please share! I happily welcome it.
How far would you go?