2023 Iceland – Day 8 – Back Home

Saturday, 21 January Dolora and I woke to another warm morning. We walked down to Sandholt Bakery for a pastry for breakfast and a ham and cheese croissant for lunch/dinner on the airplane. We did our final packing and headed over to the bus stop for a noon pickup. Next stop was the bus station…

2023 Iceland – Day 7 – Rain In Iceland

Friday, 20 January After having temperatures from 8 to 20 all week, Dolora and I awoke to 40 degrees, wind and rain. Yesterday our tour guide, Max, told us the weather forecast was “yellow” and that we should stay in Reykjavik. We had planned a relaxing day before flying back tomorrow. Temperature in our room…

2023 Iceland – Day 6 – Golden Circle Tour

Thursday, 19 January After some skyr, an Icelandic cheese which is more like a yogurt, in our room, it was off to meet the bus for the Hidden Iceland Golden Circle Tour. The bus stop was crowded at 8:30. Many of the tour companies use the stop. Our driver, Max, picked us up and Dolora…

2023 Iceland – Day 5 – Perlan

Wednesday, 18 January Dolora and I only slept in a little after our Northern Lights tour last night. After breakfast pastries at Braud this morning. It was off to visit Perlan, or the Pearl. Google maps finally got us there in thirty minutes or so after a couple of wrong turns. Perlan is a Reykjavik…

2023 Iceland – Day 4 Part 2 – Aurora Borealis Success

Tuesday, 17 January This post is only about our second attempt to see the Northern Lights, mostly because there are so many photos. Monday night with Aurora Experts was not very successful. A few distant glows was not enough for them to consider it a successful sighting. Aurora Experts offer a complimentary retry if there…

2023 Iceland – Day 4 – Reykjavik Walking Tour

Tuesday, 17 January First a note about the Northern Lights Tour. Our driver/guide, Michael, picked us up and we headed west in search of aurora borealis. Cloud cover made our driver believe that we would have better luck east of town so we headed in the other direction. We made a couple stops finally at…

2023 Iceland – Day 3 – The Reykjavik Food Walk

Monday, 16 January Dolora and I were asleep early last night between missing some sleep and the time zone change. It was easy to sleep until nine since it was still dark. We were able to wake at nine, shower, have breakfast and then go watch the sunrise at eleven. We stopped at the Solfar,…

2023 Iceland – Day 1 & 2 – Iceland Bound

Saturday & Sunday, 14 & 15 January Off to Iceland in search of the Northern Lights. Dolora and I have been discussing a winter trip, south where it is warm or north to try and see the Northern Lights. Dolora, Greg and I visited Iceland in 2016, a college graduation trip for Greg. We visited…

2022 Appalachian Trail II – Epilogue

15 August – 1 September Destination: The Inn at Long Trail (1707.3) Today’s Miles: 0.0 Start Location: Pinkham Notch (1874.9) Trip Miles: 148.3 The Whites are the most difficult section of the Appalachian Trail that I have completed to date. That is over 1,600 miles from Georgia north. Days of hiking under a mile an hour on steep…

2022 Appalachian Trail II – Day 17 –¬† The End

Thursday, 1 September Destination: The Inn at Long Trail (1707.3) Today’s Miles: 15.3 Start Location:¬†Thistle Hill Shelter (1737.5) Trip Miles:¬†148.3 Wedding Walker and I saved our longest day for last. Last night there was an abundance of stars out. I sat and watched for a short while. I was surprised to hear heavy rain overnight. A…