After leaving Port Townsend, we journeyed to the Kent/Renton area of Washington just south of Seattle where we will be leaving our rig.
In September 2016, we met Teddi & Roger on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine where we were volunteer bird counters in Acadia National Park. Teddi's brother, Tim, had told them about our website, and Teddi read through a bunch of it one week while she was on jury duty.
They aren't full-timers, but in 2016/2017 they were on a year long tour of the country hitting as many National Parks as possible. We had a nice lunch on the wharf in Corea back then.
Well, they emailed us a few weeks ago after they saw we were going to be in their general vicinity, and offered to allow us to boondock or "Moochdock" on their property.
We had booked our flight to Iceland out of Seattle and had made arrangements to leave our rig nearby at a Boondocker's Welcome spot. But that host's plans changed, and when Teddi mentioned they had room, we asked if we could possibly stage for our trip and leave our rig there while we were gone. They graciously said yes, and we pulled in last Friday.
We were introduced to their puppy, Riley, a very large 160-lb English Mastiff puppy.
And they offered us an electric hook-up, which we've very much appreciated. But we're going to clean out the fridge, and turn everything off, so we'll disconnect. When we leave, we'll be parking the rig in the area between the fences in the photo above, and our solar panels will keep our batteries charged.
Since we've been here, we've been receiving packages from Amazon with little last-minute items we thought we might need on our trip. And I've been tweaking and re-tweaking our plans.
We fly out on Wednesday, August 15, and we have a seven hour direct flight to the Keflavik airport in Iceland. They are seven hours ahead of Seattle, so we'll be arriving at 5:00 a.m. their time on the 16th. When we return, we'll be arriving at the same time we leave Iceland.
We are renting a 4WD camper van from Cozy Campers, and touring the country for 30 days. Here's a video on the van.
So, we're very excited and can't wait to share Iceland's rugged beauty. Plus, when we get back, the Class C motorhome should feel a lot roomier. :)
Iceland's total area is slightly smaller than the state of Kentucky, so it's not a big country. But it's packed with incredible landscapes, and we look forward to seeing as much as we can. We won't be spending any time in the largest city, Reykjavik, other than to pick up and drop off the van.
Iceland has over 330,000 people, and well over a third of them live in Reykjavik with over two thirds living in the "Greater" Reykjavik area. Therefore, we will be spending all of our time elsewhere and trying to dodge the most touristy spots at their busiest times.
Iceland is a relatively new "hot" tourist destination, but they don't yet have the infrastructure to support the demand. You have to book lodging well in advance, and there is little to no flexibility if you decide you want to stay in an area longer. That's a big reason we went with the camper van. There are lots of campgrounds, and most of them are big open fields, so they don't fill up. We wanted that kind of flexibility.
And we went with 4WD (much more expensive) because it is required to reach many of the more remote points of interest.
We are supposed to have pretty good internet across most of the island, but we'll have to see how much we will be able to keep everyone updated. We paid for a 4G hotspot (like a Verizon JetPack) with unlimited data, so we hope to be able to at least upload a few pictures as we go. The cost of that is a little over $100 for our entire trip (a little over $10/day for the first 10 days and then free after that) - sounds too good to be true, so we'll soon find out if there is a catch.
In the meantime, the last few days have been filled with a variety of little chores.
A few weeks back, we did an overnight backpacking trip in Olympic National Park. Well, when we got out our tent, all the waterproof sealant had melted and it was extremely sticky. We made it work, but since the manufacturer (MSR) is in Seattle and they have a repair facility here, I thought I would take it in to see what they said. Well, they looked at it for about a minute, and went in the back and handed us a new one. Apparently, there was a bad batch, and they made it right immediately. Check that off the list.
We're planning to do a little backpacking in Iceland, so that was a step in the right direction. Thank you MSR and Cascade Designs.
We also got our prescription refills taken care of so we won't run out while we're gone. Check.
I sent off all our documents to Florida to get our Jeep registered there. It took forever for Kentucky to send us our title, but once we got it, we were just waiting until we got here to get everything together and find a law enforcement officer to do Florida's required VIN verification. The Renton Police Dept. took care of that for us. Hopefully, we'll have our new plates when we return. Check.
Linda got her sister's rock turtle mailed. She coated it with polyurethane to make the rocks shine a bit.
I worked on a few of our RV-Dreams.com web pages.
I updated the "What's New?" page, and created a new page called "Our Home On Wheels - Chapter 2" to reflect our change from the fifth wheel to the motorhome and to provide details on our Winnebago Aspect 27K. And I updated our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. It's a start, but I've got a lot of work to do to update many other pages that have been neglected. Still, it was something I've been needing to do, so I'll give that a "Check" as well.
We got caught up on all our expenses through July. Check
Other than that, Roger has been preparing us dinner almost every night. Linda used some of their fresh blueberries to make an Instant Pot blueberry cheesecake.
Roger & Teddi have the perfect situation for us, and we just can't thank them enough.
On our last day before leaving, we made a quick trip to the nearby KOA and dumped tanks. When we returned, we parked in a different spot where we will get full sun on our solar panels. And I, for the first time, put tire covers on. Check, check, and check.
We have packed and gone through our checklists multiple times. Check and re-check.
In the morning before we head to the airport, Linda is going to defrost the refrigerator, and we'll lock everything up. We just want to leave the RV so that Roger can just hop in and drive it out of the way if necessary.
They are also giving us a ride to the airport. Again, the people we meet RVing are just so wonderful.
That's about it. Let the adventure begin!!