New paths of life

A new year is here, and new challenges are waiting. Planning and preparing has occupied my mind and doings during the last couple of months, as new and unknown directions are waiting for both me and my son soon. It will not be easy for any of us, but necessary. Hopefully we will be able to see 2019 as a fun, exciting and developing year of adventures… to share with you!

Now, I just wanted to make a quick post to say I’m still here and to wish you all a Happy New Year and show some photos of what me and puppy are doing outdoors these lovely winter days.skitur cross country skiing winter track lapphund

 

We really enjoyed a cosy, calm and white Christmas – with a Christmas mix dinner of Norwegian and Swedish traditional food on the table. My mom sent me some local Norwegian pinnekjøtt, so I first had to soak it for 24 hours, git’out in the forest to cut down and prepare some birch sticks to steam the meat for 4 hours on – a lot of work, but oh my so T-A-S-T-Y!

pinnekjøtt sau Norwegian traditional food Christmas

And we are of course enjoying cross-country skiing as often as possible as long as there are a fairly cover of snow on the ski tracks. Not so much snow here this year as last winter..
(thank God for that…)

The favourite place of view along our local ski track..ski track crossu country river winter wonderland lapphund

 

See you soon with more hiking adventures my dear readers!

Cross-country skiing weekend

These days it feels absolutely right to replace my running shoes with a pair of cross-country skis now and then. There are plenty of snow up here now, so in addition to getting a lot of exercise shoveling snow in my court-yard and driveway frequent, me and puppy also gets outdoor for skiing in beautiful snow-covered landscape and strengthen our cardio further.

A favorite turnaround place for me and puppy – I absolutely adore this abandoned old cabin ..yesterday the mist started to thicken on the lake as you can see…and so did the chill..brrrwinter cabin frost lake skiing skitur längdskidor bredbyn örnsköldsvik nature

This weekend we just enjoyed the forest roads covered with lots of snow, I did my own ski track, which can be tough when you sink into the deep snow, on the other hand, I grew up skiing without any prepared tracks in Norway, and a big advantage is that Jenta can run freely here, so there you go..

Yes, I did a track here a couple of days ago, and made it so much easier to go skiing today, well, parts of it, as some lazy christmas tree hunters used it as a walking trail.. norrland winter wonderland landscape cross-country skiing skitur längdåkning längdskidor skiddpår track snow

A new challenge for us is also to get Jenta used to wear the expandable leash connected to me skiing … not an easy task indeed, but fully doable alrighty as she is talented.. I am the one who needs to get a grip on this ..ha..ha. I mostly let her run freely now, but when we want to get ready go to a prepared track where she will need to be leashed.

oh.. my happy face probable froze in the cold mist during a smile, but it could have been worse cabin lake bredbyn örnsköldsvik skitur lapphund kari traa cardio

Today I met 2 persons that also was skiing here, they thanked me for making the skiing track..ho..ho ..feels cool that someone helps out with the tracks here like they did.. Who knows, this place could become an alternative skiing favorite for people with dogs that don’t need everything prepped and glazed for a skiing trip.. or maybe not  .. anyway, see you later for moore skiing adventures...

.. so darn beautiful winter wonderland ..and so darn cold – not a good idea to stand still, time to go home before dark.. in the middle of the day..cross country skiing skitur sweden örnsköldsvik winter wonderland lapphund lake frozen snow skispår track sunset bredbyn

 

Sweden: Wildlife tracking excursion in Umeå

We borrowed old-fashioned wooden skis from the swedish military – yes, like the one’s I remember using in my childhood Norway – but skis that are still going strong, especially in undulating terrain, and the only needed ski wax is a simple and more environment-friendly candle, not the toxic ski wax some are using today.

 

Thank’s to currently studying wildlife biology and conservation at Umeå University my class recently participated in an interesting animal tracking excursion in the forest fields outside Umeå town. Despite icy snow conditions we had an awesome and sweaty skiing tour with glittering sun, bonfire and nature… a wonderful day away from a confined classroom.

Lunch break and bonfire with kettle and hot-dog grilling together with our happy teacher

 

Many of us learn best when we’re “out there” experiencing, that’s for sure, especially when it comes to analyse tracks. It is easy to overlook lot’s of tracks and signs made by animals if you don’t know what to look for, as some appear to be almost “invisible”.

Among the subjects we looked at that day was the wild animals various eating patterns and taste, typical wildlife scat indentification and what the snow tracks can tell us. Pretty cool to move around and see what has been going on in the animal world when no humans are around.

The wood grouse male sure know how to make a lot of mess in no time, both on the ground and up in the tree – busy playing for the girls. Unfortunately we missed the show here 😀

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We also visited a big wooden fox trap with a dead chicken in it to learn how the mechanism works, and a feeding place for wild animals and what to think of if you want to establish such a place.  There are many caring people out there wanting to help wild animals, especially in the winter, but if regulation is not considered and knowledge is not involved wildlife can get hurt instead of helped. This kind of help and information is just a phone away!

Now, I wish you all a Happy Easter & Happy skiing – see ya’ soon! 🙂

SpringCross: Det är i uppförsbacke det går uppåt!

Oh shit vilken klump jag fick i magen när de började räkna ner inför start under dagens Spring Cross terränglopp – fast jag hade ju egentligen inget att vara orolig för!

Sista svängen innan man sliten & glad kunde springa i mål

De 3 jobbiga uppförbackarna på raken som jag de senaste veckorna har kämpat med i lilla spåret här hemma gav trevliga resultat idag. Lagom nervös placerade jag mig blygt längre bak i Spring Cross-startfeltet bara för att upptäcka att det blev svårt att ta sig förbi det långa slingrande löpartåget på de smala vackra skogsstigarna..

…MEN med lite “tålamod” kunde jag så småningom en efter en ta mig förbi löpartjejer med bl a Nordic Military Training och Cross Fit skrivet på sina ryggar :mrgreen:  …jag är väl helt enkelt en liten djävul på uppförsbackar – och dem fanns det ju gott om i banans sista del idag! *skratt* 😉 Nedförsbackar däremot är något jag får träna mer på.

Strålande sol, skön stämning och silvermedaljer till alla som fullföljdeOckså Martin Stenmarck var och sprang Spring Cross denna härliga dagen

Stolt & nöjd är jag iallafall över att ha genomförd mitt första tävlingslopp där jag sprang 6 terrängkilometer på tiden 36:06 – och placerade mig som nummer 176 av 556 tjejer!  😀 Blev dock mest impad över alla de tjejerna som sprang dubbelt så långt på 12-kilometern – damn vilken uthållighet! Undrar lite blygt på om jag skulle kunna fixa det nån gång?? hmmm…

Jaddå väntar bl a Vårruset denna tösen på självaste 17 maj – blir ett finemang sätt att fira den norska nationaldagen det ni 😀  …och visst blir det några lopp till hösten också va? 😉 Fan va roligt!