2019 SC Leadership Trip to Iceland
  • Day14

    Last Day in Iceland ;(

    May 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    It was the Ships' last day in Iceland today. I know everyone was ready to get home, but we were also sad to be leaving this beautiful country. To end our trip we headed to a collapsed volcano. I didn't know a volcano could collapse. I think everyone would agree with me that it was amazing and that we are glad we took the time to stop and see it.

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  • Day14

    Meet My Van!

    May 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    During this trip, I got to drive all around Iceland with four other Ships and Director Brae Wood. We laughed, slept, and at one point or another, all of us heard Valancia's music. I'm glad I got to spend these days with them and can't imagine having it any other way!Read more

  • Day13

    The Ships are the Best Actors Around

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    It wasn't all work and no play for the Ships in Iceland as we frequently quoted, Spongebob Squarepants, sang songs, and talked about our favorite shows growing up, but a highlight of the trip was the Titanic re-enactment. Curt and Cam got us started before we went whale watching, and Maria, Delainey, and Shelly completed the scene, with the roleof the Iceberg being portrayed by Shelly. Good to know the Ships can act when getting ready for our next Murder Mystery play!Read more

  • Day13

    Catching Up with the team!

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    #10 What about this service experience is different than the service we do on the team at home?

    The difference between doing service work at home versus in Iceland was that we were all together, we all shared the same experiences, and we could talk about it that night at dinner. Not everyone back at home helped set up the Island Park lights for Christmas, but everyone had something to do with building fences at the petting zoo or cleaning at the church, and because of this, the team was able to forge deep connections that will only continue to grow as we spend more time together on the team. At dinner we were able to talk about what went well and what didn’t, our favorite parts of the day and what we wished we could have avoided. Dinners with the team were some of my favorite moments of the whole trip. I feel like I learned more about everyone on the trip during the two weeks we spent in Iceland than I had during the entire school year. There was also a difference in the work because at home I might actually get to use what I’m fixing or cleaning, and if not it still betters my community and makes it look nicer, but abroad, none of that happens. I will probably never see Daladyrd or the Blue Church ever again, but that didn’t matter. I was working toward something I will never get the benefit of using, and that is maybe even more important because I was working to serve others, not myself.Read more

  • Day13

    Free Day at Geysir Hestar!

    May 25, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    The Ships had a free day today where they were allowed to do whatever they wanted. Some went hiking, others horseback riding, and I went on a three and a half mile walk to the coffee shop at the Geysir. While I didn't get a picture of my delicious oreo cake, I did get a video of the Geysir erupting. Definitely worth the forty-minute walk.Read more

  • Day12

    Finally at Gullfoss!

    May 24, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Throughout the trip, every time the team has stopped at a waterfall, I have asked if it was Gullfoss and have been disappointed until now! During our visit to the ginormous waterfall that is Gullfoss, I instantly felt happier. It was definitely a highlight.Read more

  • Day12

    Everyone Gets a Tomato!

    May 24, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    The Ships stopped at a tomato restaurant for lunch today. The only food the restaurant served had something to do with tomatoes or else it included bread. I'm not a big fan of tomatoes, but I have to admit that Icelandic tomato soup was one of the most delicious foods I tried during the trip.Read more

  • Day11

    Even More Waterfalls and Beaches!

    May 23, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    I think by the end of this trip the team saw every waterfall Iceland has to offer. That's probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it felt like it at the time. We were able to hike to the top of the first waterfall we stopped at after visiting the black sand beach, and we were able to go behind/beneath the other one. They were both extremely beautiful, and I'm glad we stopped at them!Read more

  • Day10

    Pit Stop at the Diner!

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Just when the Ships needed it, we found a small piece of home and ice cream, too! At the small fifties diner, we found while driving around, pictures of American television and movie stars from the 1950s were hung on the walls, and also got to enjoy jukebox music that was popular during that era. The shake was delicious!Read more

  • Day10

    Iceland's Natural Beauty

    May 22, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    When studying blogs about Iceland prior to our trip, the landscape and the beauty it possesses were always mentioned as the bloggers' top favorite aspects of Iceland, and I was not disappointed. We saw waterfalls, lakes, extremely tall mountains, and then we finished the day off at the Diamond Beach where pieces of glaciers break off and look like diamonds. Several seals were also spotted!Read more