At home in Mummon's home!

Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
Trip End Oct 05, 2007

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

After my long internet update at the Spirit center and a nice campfire coffee I decided to try to find the autiotupa (free wilderness hut) or at least a shelter. One of the women at the center was so nice to copy a local map for me. Cos it is getting much colder here, camping off the ground in a shelter is nicer and sleeping inside luxury! I'm not too bad with map reading, but after about 50km I started to wonder if I would ever find it. So I stop at this house and to ask for directions....

The mummon (grandmother) cannot speak any english, but after a few Finnish words she lets me in anyway. We wait for her son to return. He explains me that the autiotupa is not far away (ah, my map reading skills have not completely deserted me!!!), but not beside the gravel road so little difficult to get to. Why not stay here for the night?

Sleeping in a bed, staying with local family. How lucky am I! Yes, I would love to stay the night.
One night eventually turned into 3 nights, during which I have been spoiled big time with lovely delicious homemade food by mummon. The traditional mukkökuka, pancakes with homemade berry jam, berry pie, smoked salmon...
They also have a summer cottage at the lake, not far from their house, so spend a great Finnish sauna evening with Reijo. It included sauna time, jump in the lake, sauna again, jump in the lake, beer and camefire sausages!

Reijo is owns a truckcompany with his brother. He has been transporting cut wood for over 20 years now. One evening I went with him to see how this is done. Going deep into the forest we stop at this cutting place where lots and lots of wood is waiting to be picked up and sent to town to be made into planks and other useful things for us humans. I watched him load the truck. Unbelievable! He made it look so easy. Like rearranging matches in a box. Afterwards he told me an old truckdriver's saying: After 7 years of driving this truck, you are ready to go alone! I so believe him.
And during this trip I saw my first reindeer!!!!

I really felt at ease here. Using internet whenever I wanted, drinking tea with Ali, beer with her husband Thomas, riding my bike with Reijo's son Tommy, using the shed (as it rained a lot) to fix and clean my motorbike. Reijo told me he felt really fortunate I stopped at their place, a change in his routine life. At the same time I felt very fortunate to be allowed to spend time with him and his family. He even invited me back to spend winter time holiday (going with snow mobile, hunting, ice-fishing etc.) with them. Kiitos pallion!

Time to move on again....where to go next?
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