Saturday Dexter and I made our way into the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area for an overnight backpack trip. We had a 5k that morning and I had a nap to get in so we opted to leave around 2pm. The good news was the weather looked clear today, but Sunday’s weather was looking wet for the afternoon, and much, much cooler. Lows Saturday night called for mid-30’s and high Sunday was going to be about 55. It was an easy decision to pack the puffy jackets, gloves, and wool hats. Of course we always bring our wet weather gear after learning the hard way not to leave it behind. Ever.
I did something Sunday. I became an Adirondack 46er.
The shadow of the Adirondacks had always been cast toward the “flatlands”, and I grew up imagining what it would be like to roam the wilderness like Roger’s Rangers, the Iroquois or Algonquin, or trappers and hunters. After graduating high school I joined the Army, lived overseas and then on the west coast, and then finally moved back to New York in 1998. It didn’t take long and I set about plans to hike Mt. Marcy, just because it was the tallest of course. My plans weren’t plans at all really. I had a backpack if you can call it that, and some boots. That’s all I needed, right? I did climb Mt. Marcy in the summer of 2000, from Elk Lake and back. I ran out of water, it was colder on the summit than I thought it would be, and my clothes were laughable looking back on it. Soon after I took a crack at hiking Dial and Nippletop, but ended up stopping very short of Bear Den and doing Round Mountain instead. That was the extent of my hiking for a very, very long time. Continue reading Adirondack 46er
September 28 – We woke up, quite aware this was our last day in Iceland.
As we lay there getting the energy up to get out of bed (it was warm and comfortable!), we talked about the last week and what we were going to do today. One thing for sure, we had to get our coffee started!
September 27 – We woke up early again, but couldn’t see outside much. The windows were caked with frost! I got up and fired up the car and heater, then jumped
back into the sleeping bag. It took awhile for the frost to melt and for us to warm up, but eventually we did. The sun was rising quickly as well, which helped, and we were certainly not in a hurry today anyway. Continue reading Back to Reykjavik
September 26 – We woke up early, cleaned off the moisture from the windows and clamored outside. It was cool and misty but not really raining this morning, which was quite welcome. The sound of the ocean was clear and drawing us toward the beach. We put our shoes on and started walking down the dirt road, and cresting the small hill we finally saw what had lulled us to sleep the night before. Continue reading Vik to Þingvellir
September 25 – We woke up REFRESHED! Yes, that was an amazing night of sleep in a bed for sure. We slept in, showered, got our stuff together and packed, and then loaded up the car. We walked over to the lobby and had a great breakfast (passed on the beef tongue though) and embarked on the next day of our adventure! There was A LOT going on today, and our first “scheduled” stop was in Jökulsárlón… Continue reading Hofn to Vik
September 24 – We woke up and were on the road early. The overnight rain made for a very peaceful sleep, but we were both thinking the car camping was getting a bit… old. I’m 6′-3″ and even with the front seats pushed forward it was very roomy. Our Suburu Forester was nice, and setting up the “bed” wasn’t bad at first, but we’re still sleeping IN A CAR.
September 23 – Today was another big travel day, but not because of time.
THERE’S SO MUCH TO SEE!!!
We had a rough idea of what we were doing this day, but our mantra was (and remains, I think), let’s wing it and see where we end up! Continue reading Mývatn to Seyðisfjörður
September 22 – Big travel day. We were driving from Stykkishólmur to Mývatn so we knew we had to get moving. We got up and it was still a bit rainy, but not terrible. We packed up and drove off, heading toward the parking lot near the docks. Continue reading Stykkishólmur to Mývatn