Lovstakken Mountain

Trip Start May 19, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

  Saturday was always going to be a chill-out day but upon awaking early afternoon to find the sun shining I was more determined than ever to get out for a half decent walk today and stretch the old 'Chicken' legs which was promised earlier in the week. Thankfully, Frank awoke shortly after and agreed that some fresh air and a stroll was needed... and after relaying the previous night's escapades to me which had be innocently misplaced, went to cook another hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs and toast- but more importantly create some 'Holy-Water' in the guise of tea. Today our penance- especially mine, would be a hike up Lovstakken Mountain.
  I had already acquainted myself with 'Leaf' Mountain the previous year and knew what to expect having got briefly lost looking for the way up... and briefly lost coming back down again, but with Frank now in tow as expert 'Trail-head Pathfinder'- the start was reached with ease and in minutes, after taking the back-streets located on the foothills behind his and Marcela's apartment. I knew Frank had never been to the top of Lovstakken before and when I asked how far he had actually gone up... he said... " Here, the start..."  Frank- I'll have to try and turn you into a hiker yet!
  We reached the Summit in around 45 minutes passing plenty of Bergensers and serious walkers out enjoying the day and were rewarded with some great views of the City and the surrounding mountains. After a brief respite it was time to head back down again and I was now able to correct veering off-path towards Damsgardsfjellet which I'm sure impressed Frank (Yeah right!!!) because we needed to descend quickly to catch the local stores and buy food supplies before they shut. This reminded me that the descent is always harder because it is a killer on your knees and ankles and the rest of your legs as you try and maintain footing and decrease speed whilst traversing obstacles and it was pretty obvious I would be aching in the morning.
  Back home, Frank set about making his famous Meatballs with Rice and Poppadums while I played DJ again whilst finishing off the last couple of Moscow Mules. With Marcela home and research done on the computer, dinner was enjoyed and it was time to relax and settle down in front of the T.V to watch a movie called 'The Mist' after which an early night at around 12.30am was needed in preparation for the 'Big One' tomorrow.
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