Making the Most of Retirement visits Iceland in next armchair traveling installment

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 7, 2016) –– As the heat index soars, armchair travels can get relief by listening to the cool tales at this month’s “Making the Most of Retirement.” Jim and Arletta Webster will share their travels in “Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice” on Wednesday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m.

“We have been to Iceland twice and are ready to go again, anytime,” said Arletta.

Although the couple will be sharing stories about Iceland’s volcanoes (fire) and glaciers (ice), the most interesting part of their trip involves family.

“Jim's grandmother was born in Iceland in 1889,” said Arletta. “Times were tough economically then, partly due to a volcanic eruption that led to several years of crop failures.”

His grandmother’s family, along with many others in the area chose to emigrate. 

“Jim's grandmother was just a baby in her parent's arms when they left,” said Arletta. “They never went back.” 

The Webster’s decided it was time for someone in the family to finally return to their ancestral home.

“Part of the reason for our trip to Iceland was to honor the family,” said Arletta. “We were fortunate to meet relatives we didn't even know we had.”

The Webster’s plan to discuss both trips at the program. The first was a driving trip around the island, while the second was a cruise that included 2 stops in Iceland.

“We liked everything about our trip,” said Arletta. “I can't think of a thing we didn't like, except maybe having to change a flat tire on our rental car. Another motorist stopped to help and we didn't have any problems getting the tire repaired in the next small town.

According to Arletta, that incident illustrates one of the best things about the country.

“Icelanders are helpful, friendly and they have a really funny sense of humor.”

All retirees and those near retirement age are invited to the armchair travel program, which will take place at the Stillwater Public Library.  “Making the Most of Retirement” is a monthly program presented by the OSU Emeriti Association.

For more information, visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.