Getting Back to Life

Well I guess the vacation or holiday whatever you choose to call it is over now.  We had to start getting back to normal.  Went grocery shopping, since there was not much in the house.  Started washing the clothes from the trip with the help of my sweet husband.  Decided what to cook for supper because the two men here think they should be fed.  Started working on articles for which I have a tons of ideas for many stories.  Starting with the brewery in Girdwood because I told them I would write theirs when I got home.

Dusty got the no running water in the camper problem fixed.  He also figured out why we had no turn signals or brake lights which we found out while camping.  It was a fuse under the hood, so that was an easy fix.

I have got the packages ready to mail outside or the lower 48 other people would say, with things I brought back for my family down there.

Supper is almost done and the boys went to look at a used generator for the camper.  Things are looking good.  Oh damn, I forgot about the laundry again.  Guess I better go get the stuff out of the dryer and put the last load in the dryer.

Well clothes are dry and next load in to dry. Boys came home with generator in hand which David was very happy with.  Supper is going to be served now and we can settle in for the night.  Hopefully, a movie to relax by.

 

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Flat Ole Hippies First Camping Trip

Our friends asked if we wanted to go camping with them.  We agreed to go because we have never been before and it sounded fun.

The first place they took us was the Girdwood Forest Fair.  There people with flowers in their hair, people all dressed up and even pirates singing.  We thought this place was pretty cool.  As you follow the trails through the forest you will find all kind of booths.  There was really a lot of people though.

 

Then we stopped for a nice brew at Girdwood Brewery.

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We found a nice place to camp by a pond. The camper was really comfortable and scenery was nice.

 

I got to play with the twins.  That was lot of fun.  They are really cute.

 

The next morning we packed up after breakfast.  This camping stuff is fun. I hope they invite us again.

 

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We will say Good-Bye for now and hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girdwood Forest Fair and Camping

Alice got in her truck and was ready to go camping.  The poor thing didn’t get to go into the Girdwood Forest Fair.  That was okay though because all the people would have scared her.

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Our plan for the first camping trip was to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair first. We got up in the morning and finished packing the camper. We didn’t want to get there too early because they close the road for the parade. We parked at Alyeska Resort Daylodge and took the shuttle to the fair. There were a lot more people than I had expected to be there. I guess since our summer is so short everyone goes to anything that is outside. It was a nice day yesterday, but even if it was raining they would have all been there.

There were stages all over with different things going on.  Lots of vendors trying to sell their wares. Lots of food vendors doing the same thing. We went in the beer garden for a beer but when we found out we had to pay $8.00 for a cup and then $6.00 to fill it up,  we thought that was too high and figured that would fill a growler up at the Girdwood Brewery.

I did think it was cool that they had a baby nursing place set up for the mothers and to change their little ones.

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We caught the shuttle back to our truck and off we went to Girdwood Brewery.  There Alice could come out with us in beer garden.  We all had a beer and filled two growlers up with some of their nice brew.

 

After our beer it was off to find a good camping place.

 

We found a place on the old highway road to camp.  It was between the railroad tracks and the highway.  I know you are thinking that’s going to be loud, but it wasn’t bad at all. The highway was on the other side of this pond we camped by, so the traffic noise was not bad.  The train was kind of cool except when they honked their horns when they went by.

Heather and Dan showed up with the girls.  Katharine and Rebecca had never been camping before, so we were all excited to see how they liked it. They really did like it.  Katharine loves the trees.  Rebecca was going to check everything out.  They thought the fire was pretty cool. There was another couple parked not far from us.  They kind of just stayed to theirselves except when they came to see the girls and talk to the dogs.  We were all at our own campsite and we had a fire going when all of a sudden a cop droves up, turned around and stopped.  The cop got out of the car as we noticed the K-9 on his car.  We were thinking he wasn’t there to tell us we couldn’t have a campfire, so we waited.  He then let his dog out.  We noticed he had something in his mouth, looked like a toy.  Then the cop took the toy and threw it into the pond for the dog to fetch.  The dog was having a blast. When he was done playing with his dog he put him back in the car, rolled his window down and told to have a good evening.  We all thought that was a cool cop.    Then it got to be bedtime and Mom and Dad got their beautiful little girls ready for bed. They took their bottles and decided it was full of caffeine or sugar because they decided it was party time. Well first Dusty drifted off to his tent.  Grandma and Grandpa headed to their camper to play a little crib. Then Heather came in to fix the girls bottles again saying goodnight to us.  We saw them out walking the girls as we fell asleep.

 

Then in the morning we woke up first and I made some coffee.  Then Dan popped in for a cup and told us the girls didn’t go to bed until 12:30.  Next Heather came in dragging.  They went and fed the babies while I cooked breakfast of oatmeal and fruit Heather had brought.  After everyone woke up things were fun.

 

After breakfast we decided to pack up because the wind was picking up and we felt a few drops.  We all had a good time eating hot dogs cooked on the open fire while drinking a few good beers.

After one last look around our campsite, Alice got a couple more drinks from the pond and we left for home.

We had only gone a few miles when we could see that there was a line of cars backed way up the highway. It took us an hour to get 4 miles.  When we stopped I called Heather because they had left before us.  They didn’t make it through either and were a couple of miles ahead of us.  They finally made it to Bird Creek Campground and told us there had been some kind of accident.  When we finally got there it was all cleaned up and traffic was going back to normal.  I sure hope no one was hurt.

 

 

Ole Flat Hippies Day 6 in Iceland

Well this is our last day before we head home to Alaska.  We enjoyed a couple of breweries, met a new friend, Donbird, went looking at the boats and had one last meal with our friends the Crewdsons.

 

We know this adventure is coming to an end but are sure we will have many more great times with the Crewdsons.

Day 6 Final Day in Iceland

We decided to just hang out in Reykjavik today because we hadn’t really checked the town or the breweries out yet.

Our first stop was the Bryggjan Brugghus Bistro & Brewery.  We met Arturo Santoni a Brewmaster from Argentina who gave us a tour of the most beautiful brewery we’ve ever seen.  We then enjoyed a flight of the their beers which we really enjoyed.  Sorry guys we couldn’t bring any back because the liquor store we stopped out didn’t carry any.  We will check at duty free on our way out though. Arturo even gave us a sample of his red ale with cherries and coriander.  That was our favorite.  When we told him that he gave me a cap.

To Fred I think these people started with a little more than 5000 pounds since they have only been open for two years.

 

Then we looked at some of the boats and the ducks with one duckling in the harbor.

 

 

We then stopped at the Sun Voyager to take a couple of photos.

 

Then we were off to meet Alyson Hartwig the brewer at RVK Brewing Company.  Alyson is an American from Colorado. They are not open to the public yet but if you contact them you can go for a tour. We really enjoyed her beers.  I think she will really make a name for this place in the future, so be watching for her.

 

We did find some interesting buildings today.

 

We then went to eat at Le Bistro.  We ate here our first night but couldn’t remember the name or where it was.  At that time I had some wonderful mussels and David had a very nice lamb shank.  They had an Icelandic sampler that we wanted to try. We had the goat’s cheese, carmalized onions and dried apricots baked in a filo pastry served with beetroot and a French vinaigrette.  This was very nice.  Then we had the Icelandic sampler which was black pudding made with lamb, pickled herring, smoked salmon, dried cod, smoked lamb, dark rye bread, rotten shark and a shot of Brennivin.

Kæstur hákarl or Rotten Shark is a national dish of Iceland consisting of a Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. Kæstur hákarl has a strong ammonia-rich smell and fishy taste. Kæstur hákarl is readily available in Icelandic stores and is eaten year-round, but is also served as part of a þorramatur, a selection of traditional Icelandic food served at þorrablót in midwinter.

I was also told that the reason the shark has to fermented is because it is full of toxins.  The ammonia smell is because it looses its urine through its skin.  The closer the skin the worse the smell.  We didn’t think it was as bad as everyone said but the waitress told us this is because it was not from close to the skin.

 

We highly recommend this restaurant if you ever get to Iceland.

Our last day was a nice relaxing day.  Now time to start getting packed for our trip back to Alaska.

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Day 3 in Iceland

We took off with our friends today and they said we were really going to have a great time.  I guess they knew where they were going this time.

We did have a great day! We saw some great rivers and waterfalls, played in the snow, went down a long gravel road, checked out some tomatoes and stopped at a brewery for a couple.

Can’t wait to see what adventure they come up with tomorrow.

Day 3 Brewery, Geitland Nature Reserve and Pringvellir

Another rainy day but that won’t stop us.  We are off on another road trip.  First stop is to find the brewery, but first we had to take pictures of this cool car, an Opel.  It has been parked on the road that we park on and thought some of our friends, Fred and Dan, might like to see it.

 

We went through the tunnel once again.  We stopped at this beautiful river by Fossatun. Fossatún is a settlement located on the banks of the river Grímsá in Borgarfjörður along route 50, just 90 km from Reykjavík. The area is known for its beautiful surroundings and there are many marked hiking paths to enjoy the sites.  There is supposed to be a beautiful waterfall a short hike but the bugs were terrible, so we didn’t go. You can’t miss the place because of the huge troll face along side the entrance.

 

As we were standing on the bridge taking photos of the river a tractor came by pulling a trailer full of sheep.  I hope they were moving them to another field but I think they may have been going to the slaughter house.  I think they knew what was going on because of all the baaing.

 

We found the brewery but it didn’t open for another hour so we found a small road that looped around. We decided to take that and found Deildartunguhver Hot Springs.  This was well worth the side trip.

Situated on a beautiful farm, Deildartunguhver is the largest and most powerful hot spring in Europe with a flow rate of 180 litres (50 gallons) of water per second at a piping hot 97°C (200°F). The scalding water bubbles out of an algae covered rocky outcrop creating a steamy source of power.

Most of the water heating homes and businesses in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes comes from Deildartunguhver. It travels through a 64 kilometre (40 mi) pipeline, the longest of its kind in Iceland. So, if you take a shower anywhere within a 65 km radius of Deildartunguhver, you have already bathed in the hot water from this powerful spring!

They have a hot tub and huge greenhouse.  It cost about $40 to go to the very fancy hot pool.  They sell tomatoes for 300 Krona or $2.84 that were grown in their greenhouse.

 

Now it was time to head back to the brewery.  On the way we crossed this very narrow bridge.  It was really cool to drive across.

 

We made it back to Stedji Brewery which is not hard to find due to the big beer bottle at the entrance.  We went in the tap-room  and there was only one other couple in there.  They were from Kentucky and they had rented a camper to travel around in for 2 weeks.  They were coming to an end of their trip.  Then another couple came in from Dallas, Texas of all places.  They were leaving when we were on July 4th.  They both got good deals with WOW airlines, so it might be worth checking into.

Anyway back to the brewery.  The are located on a farm named Stedji, Anvil, this is where the name came from for the brewery.  We had a flight of 5 beers which were all very nice.  Then one of the owners came out and said you have to try this one.  We brew it with whale testicles which are smoked in sheep dung.  David and I, of course, said bring it on.  We loved it.  He brought out another one which was not smoked, though good we preferred the first one.  Don’t worry we are bringing back a couple of bottles of the first one to share with the Midnight Sun Beer Tasting Society.  I think my 50 pounds of beer is growing.

 

Here are a couple more tractors for Fred and Dan to check out.  Fred maybe you can get Sam to pull the one.  The other one looks like you should race it.

 

 

We decided to take some back roads on the way back to Reydjavik, so we headed to Geitland Nature Reserve.  I am not sure why they call it a nature reserve because it is really barren, but the glacier is there.  We did take a wrong turn but it did look like the main road. I found out where the huge buses go now, to the glacier.  We drove to where they start but couldn’t go any farther.  If you look close at the one photo that just looks like snow go uphill you will see one of the buses stopped.  David went in the shop to check where we were.  He pointed on the map to the road we were on the guy says, “Your not lost, you know exactly where you are.”

I decided to let the Flat Ole Hippies go play in the snow.  I figure it is all rocks so it will be easy going.  Then I stepped off a larger rock on the gravel and my toes went into the mud.  No big deal I will wash them off in the small puddle over there.  Then the whole top of my foot was covered in mud.  I decide that was not a good idea and just kept my foot muddy.

 

Our next stop was Pringvellir, where we walked up to Öxarárfoss waterfall along the fault lines.  The waterfall was stunning.  You could see this wonderful green color in part of it.

I did get my feed washed at the waterfall because I found a place I could get in.  I wanted David to join me for a footy picture but he said no, so we found another place.  Of course, his idea did make for a better photo.

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