July 15, 2019
Hello, hello from Iceland!!
Everyone has arrived safely, and we are all already having a blast after our first days together. After arriving early in the morning, we headed straight for the Blue Lagoon. Lilly could not contain her excitement to slip into the warm, soothing waters.
We changed into our bathing suits and hit the pool. The group was excited to try out the silica face masks, and Will even made a new friend who shared the rest of her lava face masks with him. Emily was able to catch the action and fun of everyone swimming and relaxing on her Go Pro. Soon we made our way to the drink stand, with John Henry leading the charge. The whole group sipped on slushies and smoothies, and Parker even pioneered a half blueberry, half strawberry slushie. Everyone was jealous after they saw his creation. While most of the group spent their time soaking, Miles took the opportunity to explore the rocks and crevasses of the lagoon, making his way through the bright blue waters.
Before long, we were back on the road again on the way to the lava caves! Once we arrived at the caves, everyone was eager to descend underground. The rest of the crew got all suited up in their helmets, headlamps, and gloves and bravely entered the dark cave. Laura was completely unfazed by the new environment and loved looking around at her new surroundings. Richard made sure to capture a bunch of cool shots on his camera as we learned about the cave’s history and legend. As we passed through the narrower passages of the cave, Billy (William’s new nickname) showed off his limbo skills, impressing us all with his balance and flexibility. Everyone loved looking at the stalactites and stalagmites that covered the floors and the ceilings.
After coming out of the cave, we all hopped back onto the van to have lunch and head to Reykjavík! As soon as we arrived, we headed into town to see the iconic church at the city center and stop for ice cream! Before heading back, we walked around town, and Dru bought a warm wool hat to wear during our trekking session. Once we arrived back at the hostel, Payton helped head up some card games and kept the conversation with the group going.
Following a full day, we all chowed down on pizza. After eating as much pizza as they could, all the kids started packing up their things for our trekking section. As she packed, Ava could not contain her excitement to hit the trail for her first-time backpacking.
Before bed, we all circled up for our first Moonup. Maggie, our Moondance pro, helped lead the conversation on how Moonup works and what to expect as a Leader of the Day (LOD). While we were gathered together, we all talked about our goals for the rest of the trip, and we were excited by the answers all of the kids gave!
Currently, we are on the road heading to start our trek! We are all so excited to hit the trail and to see what the Icelandic highlands have in store for us. We will check in soon!
Much love,Brantley and Tillman
July 14, 2019
Hi Iceland Families!
We have heard from the leaders and the group has arrived in Reykjavik! They are settled into their hostel for tonight and we are so excited for them to begin their adventure!