Made me Smile: Goats in Norway

I was reviewing my pictures from Norway for which “wow” photo I wanted to share this week for my Biweekly Wow.  But then I reached this image from one of our first nights camping.  It always brings a wide grin to my face, so I thought I’d share this delightful photo with you this week.

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Vigeland Park – Oslo’s Sculpture Park

The first night we arrived in Oslo, we were beyond exhausted.  It had taken us nearly 24 hours to travel to our final destination in Norway; aboard two planes, a car, a bus, a train, a streetcar, and our own two feet; and upon very little sleep.  Our hosts in Oslo were delightful, and I was tickled pink with their super friendly cat, Sputnik.

Our host's cat, Sputnik | LotsaSmiles Photography

They happened to be having a graduation party that evening, and they graciously invited us to join.  However, as the room filled with strangers, our energy waned, and Aaron and I made a polite escape to seek quieter ground for a while.

Not far from their home, we discovered the impressive Vigeland Park.
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Biweekly Wow: Norway Reflections

You’ve read all the exciting adventures in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks (and if you haven’t, you should really check them out right here!), so it’s time for the next chronicle of the year: Norway!  As you know, we travel quite a bit, and it recently dawned on us that we’ve managed an international trip every year since the inaugural foray to Japan.  Without realizing it, the travel bug bit us, and we’ve been succumbing to its call frequently.

A rocky hill perfectly reflected in a Norway fjord | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Bryce Canyon: Hiking the Rim Trail

These adventurous photographers spent our last day in the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park soaking up every view we possibly could!  We rose early for one last fiery sunrise, and we kept our boots on the trail as long as we could before taking the grueling trip back to Salt Lake (why, oh why didn’t any of us look at a map before we booked our flights??).  We were loath to leave, but we could only shoot so many hoodoos… right?

Close up of Bryce hoodoos | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Preview of Norway

My apologies for the short post this week.  We just got back from an exciting trip to beautiful Norway, and this week has been a scramble of getting back to our lives, scrounging for frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets, and resting up from the long journey home (and recovering a bit from the jet lag).

Aaron looking out from a viewpoint to the fjord far below | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Biweekly Wow: Sunset Point

We visited both Sunrise Point and Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park, and we found they really aren’t very different.  Spaced just a half mile apart, you can get the same views from both.  However, Sunrise gives more of the valley floor and the northern distance, while Sunset focuses more on a little southern inlet.

Fire-orange hoodoos in Bryce Canyon at sunrise | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Bryce Canyon: Call of the Trail

After a spectacular morning being awed by Bryce, the trail called.  And this wasn’t an “oh, we should check that one out later” or even a “that trail looks interesting; let’s pack up our camera gear and go for a hike!”  Nope.  This was a “ooh, I wonder what’s down that way… I must find out now; forget that I still have all of my camera equipment on me!”

Snowy Bryce Canyon at sunrise | LotsaSmiles Photography

Trails do that to some folks.  Especially explorers like us.  And especially in a place as beautiful as Bryce.

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Biweekly Wow: Sunrise Point

I am quickly finding that most of Bryce is a Weekly Wow.  After all, how many places in the world have these unlikely geological features?  The colors – the rich red of the rocks, the deep green of the trees, the vibrant blue of the morning sky – all accentuated by the pure white of the snow, are hypnotic.  When we were there, we just stared at the valley; the scene never grew old.

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