Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Iceland

Iceland has been in the news quite a bit. In fact, my parents are stuck in Paris. On Sunday, they were supposed to return from a 27 day vacation. They are now scheduled to return on Friday. That volcano in Iceland has caused an incredible amount of chaos.

I can't help but think of Iceland very fondly. Jeff, Claire and I shared a wonderful week together in Iceland in 2001.
Claire had just turned two. Jeff was serving as a pilot in the US Navy and was deployed for six months in Iceland.

We really enjoyed exploring together. I loved the colorful rooftops in the city of Reykjavik.Pingvellir National Park was beautiful.
Millions of years of volcanic and glacial activity make the landscape like no other.

Here is Claire holding her green dolly (which she still sleeps with) and a stuffed puffin that Jeff gave her when we got off the plane.

The Blue Lagoon was an amazing geothermal spa.This is one of my all-time favorite photos, taken after our rejuvenating dip in the mineral pools.
I suppose it seems rather barren here. Still beautiful.
Much more lush here.
This is the original "geysir" from which all other geysers are named.
I am so grateful for the many travels Jeff and I have shared and those we've been able to share with our kids. When there is big news about a place you have actually visited, it is more than just news. It's a memory and an experience and a new perspective.

4 comments:

Kristin L said...

Hear, hear! Travels and adventures make the world a much more interesting and intimate place.

Terry said...

Wonderful photos--Claire, so adorable! I know just what you mean. Several years ago a town we visited in Ecuador was evacuated when a nearby volcano erupted. We felt so much more involved and connected than most people. I truly believe the only real hope for mankind is for all of us to get to know more about each other and where we live.

Deanna said...

great photos... i have only been to iceland on a couple of layovers, never to visit. my son thought he was going to be deployed to iceland in the navy as well, but he ended up somewhere else. darn. i would have loved to visit him there.

Bee said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them and your wonderful memories. Your visit there would definitely give you a different perspective when hearing the news of the volcano. I hope your parents have a safe and comfortable trip home.