I've been delinquent about posting here- I guess FaceBook has made me lazy. Our travels have been pretty mundane since we returned from Alaska last July: the usual road trip to the Carolinas at Christmas, trips to Des Moines to visit our beautiful granddaughter, who turns 1 next month, and most recently a road trip to a family wedding in Austin, TX, where I bought a great pair of ostrich boots.
Ron and I have been talking a lot about long-hauls and how to avoid the respiratory bugs he always seems to get on them. He's taking medications that compromise his immune system and anything that starts out like the common cold ends up morphing into pneumonia or bronchitis. Flying Business Class, while far more enjoyable, hasn't really helped. He thinks a lot of it is just traipsing through airports, waiting there for hours during layovers or (worse) rushing through them to make a connection while I have anxiety attacks, jet lag, 6:30 AM flights and redeyes. My dream has been to visit Australia and NZ with him after retirement but we've decided that's way too much.
Well, we've always wanted to go to Iceland. We love history, predecessors of the English language, and geology. Is there a more perfect destination? And it's only 4 hours by air from Boston. So, here's the plan so far:
1. Fly to Boston on 8/17. Spend 2 nights there. (Gives Ron time to rest and also minimizes chance that AA will get us to Boston too late to get our flight to Iceland.)
2. Fly to KEF (Keflavik) 8/19. Depart back to Boston 8/26. One overnight in Boston on the way home.
There are SO many things to do in Iceland that already I'm thinking we didn't allow enough time but if this works out, I have a feeling we'll be back. Ron is busy reading the guidebook from cover to cover; I've never seen him so excited. He'll talk with his doctor about prevention- plenty of hand-washing and sanitizer, of course, but I'm even wondering about preventative antibiotics. He found a site of tours within Iceland that look wonderful. There's plenty we can do together but also a few of the variety I like- more extreme hiking and one down to the magma chamber of an inactive volcano. He's fine about my going off on trips like this while he puts his feet up in the hotel room.
It is SUCH a blessing to have reached retirement so we can enjoy the money we've saved for "someday".