The parents of my beloved wife have been visiting from WI this week in honor of Mother´s day, Helen´s birthday (tomorrow), and Annie's birthday (Monday). Throughout the week I have been getting back in the flow of learning Icelandic and preparing for a volunteer group coming in a couple of weeks, but as we drew near to the weekend it was time to switch into sight-seeing mode. We headed out to the Blue Lagoon last evening, and enjoyed being "pickled" (Paul Haley's term) for a few hours in the beautiful blue water incomparable to anything else I have ever experienced. One of the highlights of the evening was picking up a female hitch-hiker. We had a good time getting to know a Russian lady that had been living in Iceland for five years and spoke fluent Icelandic. I practiced my Icelandic for the entire 45 minutes and she also interspersed some english for Paul and Helen as we were going. It was good fun and she offered to help us with our Icelandic sometime and wanted our number to get together.
Saturday morning it was out the door to drive the Golden Circle and take in the natural beauty of Kerið, Gullfoss, and Geysir. Although the sights were astounding, one of my highlights of the day was finding out that Helen (Annie´s Mom) had recently tried brushing her teeth with AJAX in hopes that the plaque would not come back so quickly. It was a beautiful day, by far the best weather since we arrived, 62F and Sunny.