Black Sand Beach in Northern California & More

We visited an overlooked Black Sands Beach in Northern California. Black Sands Beach is in the south end of a long walkable coastline that is over 20 miles long in Shelter Cove along the Lost Coast Trail. Check out our Youtube Page and watch our Videos in Northern California.

 

Why is the sand so dark here? You’ll find black sand beaches in three types of regions: in areas with high wave energy, those next to volcanoes, and places where the source rock is primarily dark-colored and lacking in silica. In this part of California, the black get the color from dark colored sandstone and shale produced by tectonic activity of one continental and two oceanic plates meeting just offshore.

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We unearthed and found a video from our long European trek of Lisbon, Portugal. Watch us discuss the trams, graffiti, and culture of Lisbon —- the rawest capital of Western Europe.

We have updated our post San Francisco’s 8 Best Running Trails  Check it out!

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PHOTOPHILES: ICELAND EDITION

Big and Small Travel have arrived in Iceland. We have picked the best pictures for our Iceland PhotoPhiles edition. An Iceland favorites post of specific attractions is forthcoming as well.

Enjoy the pics of this volcanic wonder known as Iceland. Also, check out the new  Big and Small Travel YouTube, say hello and leave your comments/feedback. Takk!

One of the 25 wonders of the world is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
One of the “25 Wonders of the World” is the geothermal hot springs of the Blue Lagoon.
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
Skijor Falls, Iceland
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline.
Jökulsárlón - Glacial Lagoon
Jökulsárlón: The glacier lagoon is close to highway number one, 230 miles east from Reykjavík. This lagoon is a fairly recent one, about 80 years old, the result of a warming climate. The surface is at sea level and sea water flows into the lagoon at high tide.
 Jokulsarlon, Iceland.
Jokulsarlon, Iceland.
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Handstand Steph on the Ring Road in South Iceland.
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Black Sand Beach in Vik, Iceland.
Þingvellir is the national shrine of Iceland. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world, and the joining of European/Asian and North American tectonic plate.
Þingvellir is the national shrine of Iceland. Wow! A key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world, and the joining of European/Asian and North American tectonic plates. Double wow!
South Iceland near Vik.
Cool fog off the Ring Road in South Iceland between Vik and Jökulsárlón.
Gulfoss Waterfall, Iceland
Gulfoss Waterfall, a key attraction in the Golden Circle route of Iceland.