Ahhh… air travel. There’s just nothing quite like it. This morning, we drove a couple of hours to Pittsburg – arriving in plenty of time to catch our flight. But the flight was delayed. So, we checked email, said hello on Google+, read up on photographing the Aurora… and waited. And then they put us on the plane… which taxied out to the runway and then turned off its main engine. Yep. Delayed again. Another half hour with freezing piped air blowing directly into my face… and we were off.
We arrived at JFK in New York, and were directed to Terminal 4 to catch our flight to Reykjavik… which would have been just fine… if Iceland Air was actually located in terminal 4. A handy information kiosk proved to be more helpful than the human customer service agent – go figure – and we found our way to the correct terminal at last. (That’s ok. We needed some exercise after sitting around in the plane all afternoon, right?) We went through security and checked our bags. Again. And then we spent an hour hanging out at gate 2, waiting for our next flight… with good friends. We met up with Paul and Shawn at the airport – they are both on our final flight. We’ll catch up with Robert, Neal, and Glade at the airport in Reykjavik. The wait at JFK was good fun, since we were all excited about the trip.
We hope to arrive in Iceland within a few hours… and from there we’re headed straight to… a grocery store. Now, don’t get too excited. :) We need to stock up on nutritious snacks, since actual meals may or may not materialize when we are hungry… more likely not. We intend to spend the next several days alternating between delicious hotel meals and random pre-packaged staleness. But we’re not here for the food. Let’s do this!
Boy, do I wish I could skip the airlines and just teleport or something. “Let’s do this!” doesn’t feel very inspiring when you say it in your head while watching some brightly-dressed lady dig around in her giant, blue purse in search of… well… let’s see what she comes up with… ah ha! Mints! Woo-hoo!
We arrived in Iceland as the last colors of the sunrise were fading away – and we picked up our rental cars from SAD Cars. Soon after, it began to rain – but rain is good exploring weather, so we stopped by Skógarfoss and Dyrhólaey before checking in at the beautiful hotel Ranga near the little town of Hvolsvöllur. What a pleasure to find ourselves in such comfortable beds after a long day of travel. We’re exhausted!