The Rotegård Cabin

Trip Start Aug 07, 2010
Trip End Sep 07, 2010

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Flag of Norway  , Buskerud,
Saturday, August 21, 2010

We've been invited to visit Stein's parent's cabin in the Uvdal region today (about 1hr 45min North West of Kongsberg). This morning it is a beautiful sunny day and after a scenic drive, we arrive at the cabin around 2:30PM; we are promptly feed a meal of Norwegian waffles prepared by Kari (Stein's mom) - yummy! After stuffing ourselves, we began to prepare for a hike up the mountain to enjoy the high alpine lakes, do a little fishing and just plain enjoy the company and the views. Gunnulf (Stein's dad) will be our lead as he loves the outdoors and knows the area like the back of his hand.

Keaira, Elizabeth and Alexsander stayed at the cabin with bestamor (Grandma Kotti) as the hike would be somewhat steep and too difficult for little legs. At this elevation the wind is quite stiff and after borrowing a lot of clothing for warmth, we finally set out for our hike. In all, there are 10 of us hiking: Gunnulf, Stein, Julie, Tobias, Christopher, Me (packing Elias) , Christine, Hannah and Annika.

I just love these hikes in Norway, stunning scenery, clean air and good company. The whole while hiking, I'm thinking of my mom's Country magazine which has a feature in each issue called: "Now This is God's Country". The idea is to show the beauty - in photos - of a particular part of the country... while walking, I keep saying to myself, NOW THIS IS GOD'S COUNTRY.

After each of the kids had a chance to fish, we needed to go back; both because we were cold and it was getting late. We hiked back and arrived about 7:30PM. Gunnulf informed us that we had walked 8km (5mi).

During our hike, Kari had prepared us a grand dinner; which we ate until stuffed again. After dinner we sat around the cabin and visited until 10PM. Stein got a good work-out translating for us as his dad (Gunnulf) speaks very little English.

What a pleasant day - now the drive back to Kongsberg, we should arrive around midnight...
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