Saturday, May 23, 2009
Glacier Adventure; Part 1
I told Colby last weekend that the only thing I really wanted to do for my birthday was hike on the glacier, Sólheimajökull. I had been on in briefly while the Fauths were here, and it really whet my appetite to go back and spend the day there. Colby thought it was too far to drive (over 2 hours away), and other people warned that it was not safe to do without a guide, so we decided to hike to a natural hot spring instead (that's a story for another blog post). We made a great choice by going there instead, and I was sure that someday I would eventually get a chance to do a glacier hike.
The next day at language school, there was a new girl in our class from Germany. At the end of class she asked me if I wanted to hike Sólheimajökull with her on Saturday because she had already scheduled a trip with a guide (and her roomie from Switzerland). Colby looked at me, smiled, and said, "I'll watch the kids!"
The weather called for 80% chance of rain, so I was in a bad mood this morning as I got up early to wait for my ride. Two hours later, however, God answered my prayer and the clouds broke apart to make for a gorgeous day to hike. The group ended up being around 10 people from 6 different countries with a guide, and we hiked for over three hours on the glacier.
The ride home did not go quite as I had expected. In fact, it reminded me a little bit of a previous experience I had with the Burkes here in Iceland. Stay tuned for the rest of the story...
Posted by Annie B. at 4:40 PM