On Monday, Ed and I leave for Iceland, landing in Reykjavik on Tuesday morning. Wednesday, we're off to do the Landmannalaugar trail, considered one of the world's most epic hikes. The trail winds past mountains they say are the color of the rainbow, great glaciers and steaming hot springs. It requires some river crossings and passes near the 2010 eruption site of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. It should be an outstanding (epic!) adventure.
We've never backpacked before -- only used day packs -- so this will be interesting and a challenge. I also just realized now, at 8:10 p.m. on Friday, that the sleeping bags we ordered from REI a week ago never came in today as they swore they would. Panicking a little trying to track them down (I can hear Ed downstairs on the phone with them, and it doesn't sound encouraging).
I'll keep you posted about our hike, although entries will come after we've finished on the 14th, when I'll have Internet access.