Friday, May 29, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
In the Mound Hill Cemetary in Seville, Ohio is a large statue of a woman (Anna Bates) at the center of the cemetery marks the final resting places of the world's tallest couple as well as their infant son. They were Captain M.V. Bates (7' 9" tall and 470 pounds) - his wife, Anna Swan Bates (7' 11" tall and 413 pounds) and their Infant Boy (30" long and 23 3/4 pounds at birth. He lived only 11 hours). - via Roadside America.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
On the drive back into Reykjavik, we decided that it might be best to not camp since we had an early am flight the next morning, so looked into hostel options again, and it seemed that the rate at the Alba Guesthouse was only about $10 more than two hostel dorms beds (though I incorrectly read the listing and thought we had a private bath, it didn't really matter though). It was pretty nice to be in the warmth and out of the car, but we quickly changed and headed into the heart of Reykjavik to make it to the yarn and liquor shops before they closed at 6:00.
We had plans to have some Brennivin, make dinner at the Guesthouse, then head out for a wild night to experience the wild city nightlife, but the Brennivin+warm bed+not in a windy tent make for a longer-then expected nap. In the am we had breakfast at the Guesthouse, returned the SAD car and headed back to the states!
We grabbed some groceries (stores are really only open from 10-6 or so) in Stykkishólmur then headed west then south,
in search of a 'hot spring just big enough for 2 people, with great mountain views', armed with GPS coordinates from the Germans (may have been looking for this one)
We did find a hot spring, but not sure if it was the one we were actually seeking out. I initally tried to get in, but the water was really too hot. We tried to more the rocks abit with little avail, and it felt really cold out to me, so I wasn't really into exerting much effort.
So I just milled around the area instead in my towel, searching for any others
We then just drove around a bit:
Storms rolling in toward the volcanic crater of Eldborg:
And then headed back toward Reykjavik for the evening.
Friday, May 15, 2015
We arrived in Stykkishólmur with enough time to hit the town pool:
It was amazing! Each town has a geothermally heated outdoor pool and this was the first we were able to visit. The main pool is just slightly warm (warm enough to be comfortable, but cool enough to not overheat wehile doing laps, etc) Then there were two hot tubs - one with jets, one without and a large, shallow (about 18") medium -hot pool. It was probably about 30F out, so the warm water was so nice and perfect. Perfect.
We then headed down to the coast area and stopped for soup and wine in a small restaurant and milled about for a bit:
We then headed to the campsite to put up the tent and there were a good number of other campers and tents up for the evening.
The site was adjacent to a golf course and there was someone golfing with the last light of the day:
Overview of the Number 7: