Reflections on the 18th Largest Island in the World


A little over a year ago, we were in Iceland and also adventured on a Trans-Atlantic Cruise from Bergen, Norway to Montreal, Canada. It was a majestic experience, that also happened to coincide with an unplanned life event for us. Although this year, we didn’t tack on an international trip to our touring with BAM, it felt like a fit reflection to revisit our experience and our lessons learned. And, it has inspired us to begin planning our 2019 adventures, exploring western Canada, attending the Calgary Stampede, and discovering New Zealand and Austrailia.

Travel is such an in-the-moment experience that creates lasting impacts. Doing this blog for the past 18 months (!) has not only caused us to pause in the moment to capture the experience, but it also affords us the opportunity to fully reflect back to those special moments.

Won’t you join us in looking back at our time among the waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, icebergs, and Northern Lights?

In Memory of Lucille Frances Bateman: 1920-2017

After receiving a call from our daughter Tara, that the passing of my mother, Lucille Frances Bateman, was imminent, I pulled off a mountainous road in the far north of Iceland. I got out of the car, for a moment to be by  myself, and looked out over a fjord to the large mountain on […]

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Iceland: Everything You Always Wanted To Know…..

In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that horizon.  And there’s this strange thing: you’re never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape.  But it makes it very beautiful as well. – Hannah Kent Tim’s Perspective A […]

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In the Wake of the Vikings: Prince Christian Sound

Warriors are not born, and they are not made. Warriors create themselves through trial and error, pain and suffering, and their ability to conquer their own faults. -The Viking Havamal Tim’s Perspective: I just spent two days in the most beautiful city that I never got to see. All summer, I have encouraged others to […]

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A New Appreciation For Rock & Roll (and Ship Stabilizers)

A New Appreciation For Rock & Roll (and Ship Stabilizers)

Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow. ― Richard Francis Burton Qaqortoq, Greenland As we discussed in last week’s Risk Blossoming, “In the Wake of the Vikings” blog post, we had been very fortunate to cruise through the Prince Christian Sound in […]

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Dream. Plan. Live!

Risk Blossoming Dream Plan Live

What is holding you back from making your next travel plans? Do you have plans for the next six-months, 12-months and even 18-months and two years? We have calendared targets in each of those time periods as well as an expanding bucket list to pick from even further out. Why, so far out, you may […]

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