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Jul222018

Trip to Camp

There was a girl scout troop staying at the same hostel as us. It turned out that they too were going out to the Útilífsmiðstöð skáta Úlfljótsvatni camp for their White Nights celebration. So, when they asked if we could help them transport some of their tents and packs, of course we stepped up and offered to help.

So, we got up early the next morning and took two of our vehicles loaded with most of our gear and some of the girl scouts' gear out to the camp. The trip was only supposed to take about 45 minutes. However, on the way, we drove through amazingly breathtaking scenery and were compelled to stop and take pictures probably 8 times.

After making our way through some impressive switchbacks in the mountains, the road turned into gravel. The gravel roads eventually led to a paved road that led around a lake and past the front of the camp.

We dropped off all the gear and headed back via the more mundane route which followed on of the main highways back to Reykjavík⁩. However, we all enthusiastically agreed that we absolutely had to bring the boys to the camp via that amazing route we first took.

As we left Reykjavík⁩, Mr. Miller's vehicle blew a tire. Mr. Howell stepped up and showed the boys how to change a tire. He did a great job and we were soon back on the road.

On the way to camp, the rain swept in on a strong wind. We still took the opportunity to stop at a trail head up in the mountains and let the boys out to explore the amazing scenery along the trails. They all put on their rain gear and headed out. At the top of one of the summits there was a lookout platform where the boys felt like the 30+ MPH winds were going to lift them into the air. After about 30 minutes, we managed to round everyone up and head to the camp where everyone stowed their gear and had about an hour to explore before dinner.

After dinner, we settled in for the night and planned the whale and puffin excursions for the next day.

 

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