A perfect day - forgetting our troubles on Sunday

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Flag of Norway  , Oppland,
Sunday, July 4, 2010

Today we forgot out bike troubles and had a wonderful day, a perfect day of sunshine, swimming and enjoying nature. We set off after breakfast down to the river. We have been hearing it pouring down the narrow valley since we got here but hadn’t yet taken the time to search for a way down the steep cliffs to the water. Getting to the water wasn’t as hard as we expected - or we just fortunately happened to come across the way down straight away. We scrambled and slipped down the rocky, moss and lichen covered slope. The moss and lichens are so beautiful, never before have I seen so many different, large and colourful mosses, it was really beautiful.

 When I made it down the river, several minutes before Felix who was taking pictures, I was so excited, the river was so beautiful! I was calling out to Felix in such excitement to hurry down, I just wanted him to see this beautiful sight. The river was rushing down the valley over the rocks but in some parts it was calmer, deep and perfect for swimming, fish were jumping everywhere. On each side the banks went steeply up and were covered with thick forest, so many different shades of green. The sun was shining down gloriously, warming our bodies and making the water sparkle and show off it’s clarity. 

 We spent the next few hours swimming and sitting naked on a rock in the middle of the river in the sun. The rock had a funny lichen growing on it that left us bright yellow wherever it touched us, from sitting on it we had comically yellow bottoms. After swimming we spent a while climbing, scrambling, jumping, crawling and sliding over the cliffs downstream to where we stopped and spent a few hours carving sticks and making a water turbine. We could have spent hours more down by the river but very hungry tummies were calling so we scrambled up the slopes again and back to our camp. Felix did some home improvements on out tent while I cook dinner/lunch.

 Later in the evening, while most of our half of the world was falling into a dark night and we were still enjoying full sunshine, we went for walk to where Felix spotted the possible moose on the first day. Unfortunately no moose or any other animals, but further down the road we came to a very old road that lead down to the river and some remains of a bridge. What a camping spot it would be - at the end of the road, high above the river on the old stone bridge abutment. If only we had a bike that could get us down here - let alone up again. We explored down by the river for a while and then did a little strawberry picking on our way back to camp. Felix said to me, “Lets not write in the blog about the bike breaking, lets just pretend we have stopped here because we wanted too.” I didn’t think that was right, even though it had been such a good day, it would almost be like forgiving Nina and I didn’t want to do that.

 In bed I didn’t sleep until sometime after three AM, I was very tired from an active day but my mind was racing around. I was mainly thinking about life back home, getting excited about having an address again, a veggie garden and hopefully a dog. But this was all just something to keep out the thought of my real worries - Ural worries.
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Maria and Edwin on

Edwin says "strawberries, yum". We both laughed with pleasure at your adventures. I have to admit that I'm so behind in reading the blogs in chronological order that I've skipped almost 15 blogs yet-to-be-read to take a sneak preview of your present adventures by reading this blog just now out to Edwin. I feel a little bit of a traitor to the flow of events, but it is nice to for once read about exactly what you're up to only in the last day/s - rather than trailing behind and then leap-frogging as I catch up during my sporadic bursts of reading up on your travels.

Well, while I'm in burning anticipation to find out what exactly happened to leave you stranded in some paradise-like setting (I promise I won't give in to the temptation of reading the second-most-recent blog to find out! I'll go back to the elephant blog in Switzerland and then make my way up to the present!!), it is just lovely to read about your yellow bums, your lovely day, and to dream also of your veggie garden, fixed address and dog. All sounds great!

And on a side note - I've still been troubled by bouts of insomnia (had been secretly hoping pregnancy would do away with it altogether, but no!) - so I can relate to not getting to sleep until 3am due to a racing mind - I hope that for you this doesn't go on for more than one night!

News from us: I LOVE the socks, Floss!!! Have tested out all three pairs now, they are all fabulous!! Still can't believe my luck, and will wait to hear from you before I take comfort in thinking that all three pairs were intended for me :-)

In other news, we had our first antenatal check-up with Jennie Teskey (the same midwife as for Leo, Lilja and Clancy), and we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat!! It was super strong, quite fast (but not so fast that Edwin didn't wonder if it was too slow and whether the baby would inherit his naturally slow heartbeat!).

Lots of love, and looking forward to more travel stories - the ones I've missed up to this one, and the inevitable future chronicles!!

P.S. Edwin is playing the new guitar we all gave to Michi for his birthday recently - he's making up a beautiful song just now as I write this comment (becoming a blog in it's own right, isn't it!?) - the lyrics so far are:

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