Sunday, September 09, 2007

They went out with a Canoe but came back from the Coastal Trial

September is the Month which in many ways is like April here in Norway: Four seasons - Warmth - Cold - even Frost.
Butt – some differences there are:
April has Naked Trees and Cold Water. Colourful spring Flowers in the forests. Melting Snow and Spring creeks and the sound of mating birds.
September has colourful leafs, mild water, wild berries and young birds training for their long journey to the South.
Both months can be mild, even nearly warm(to be at 60 degrees North). In April we call it “A taste of Summer” – In September “Indian Summer”.

Saturday Forecast: Sunny, 23 Celcius. (That’s an agreeable Summer temperature here).

Decision: Let’s go canoeing.
That was exactly what we did. Canoe brought up at the top of the car. Driving 23 km (14 miles) to the first lake – Normally we paddle over in a about10 minutes, then lift it up to the next where we can stay for the whole day. Or lift it up to the “secret” 3rd lake.
Well up to the lake:
Strong wind from north-west, and even very chilly. Oh, no. No-no-no-no.

Ha-ha- ha – here at our Hurum peninsula we have more choices. We have the Coastal Trial.

The trial is well market, with it's blue signs, like here on a tree.
Which means, you can always walk where the wind do not “take” you. And at the same time be very close to nature – and what a variation of beach zones, stones (even volcanic 100 of millions years old), and vegetation within less than half a mile. And not crowded, to say it timid.

The shore is very variable - stones, pepples and sand

Cause the wind came from North, we went to the southern part of the Coast Trial – or Kyststien – and had the most wonderful view of the outer Oslofjord. (100 km long – 62 miles)

First glimpse of the coast.

Closer and closer to the shore

A closer look

We went further - thrugh the coastal forest

Then suddenly, hidden in the coastal Forest - a red boat

Different vegetations as we went on

Blue marks on the rocks. We were on track.

View from a higher point. The southern part of Oslofjord

Anna with Crocs sitting on the Rocks and wading in the Sea.

Crocks is not the right footwear to climb the steep hills in the background.

What is this?

Papa was almost sunburned

Colourful pepples

Then we left the coastal trial and headed for the Summerhouse - a wonderful day by the coast.
Hope you enjoyed our Saturday tour and the pictures.

At the end of the day, we ended up with Shrimps and Homemade Meatcakes. Recipe copyrighted by Anna.
PS. Monday, September 10, we have local elections in Norway. We will vote. As the both of us always have done. Too many do not vote. I can, in a certain way understand why, but that’s another story.

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Anonymous RennyBA said...

what a lovely post with great pictures! You have to take me and my wife through this Coast Trial of Oslo one day - never been there - would love a guided tour!

I so much remember your canoe and how much fun we had when you brought it with you on your visit at our vacation home in Sweden this summer. Actually my Boats on Monday post tells all about it:-)

September 10, 2007 12:26 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Thank you for the lovely walk along your Coast Trail...I loved the fjord, it just looks so beautiful.

I rather like the idea of some of Anna's cooking afterwards, too.

Take care.

September 10, 2007 2:12 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

What a beautiful landscape !! I love "wild" once ! It's really a pity that the clima is so cold (just as ours) that's why people always go south and not north, I think your country would be worse then the Côte d'Azur in July/August if you had around 25-30°from May till October, lol !
I am also convinced that each Norvigian baby has a boat already in his craddle !
BTW Nivelles is our "Capital" for administration stuff. The court, the social institutions, the prison (!) are all in Nivelles. It's a very nice town and I also have friends there, one is in my painting group.

September 10, 2007 5:09 am  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

FABULOUS pictures live in such a beautiful country...And your pictures are really terrific...I got such a feeling of the place and even the slight feeling of the season about to change...How did you manage that?
I love that you and Anna take these wonderful side trips and then share them with us...!

Forgive me, but I couldn't help but notice the ever present box of cigarettes....It is so interesting. No one I know smokes anymore..and not for a very very long time....So it is odd to see a pack or box of cigarettes....!

And yoyr Canoe is a lovely color...and such a pretty shape!

September 10, 2007 7:53 am  
Blogger mar said...

Such lovely places and blue, blue sky!! great pictures, did you get a sunburn? Anna's cooking is the best!
We used to own 1/2 a canoe in Hamburg, the other half belonged to a friend couple! we used it in the city, it was fun.

September 10, 2007 8:54 am  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I loved your day! You know I love canoeing! We have secret lakes too. Is the water getting a bit chilly? We don't have too many coloured leaves yet, in fact very few...maybe north of here.
Your days are numbered now for canoeing. My husband is going fishing at our log cabin place this weekend, lucky guy! I can't go since it's the fall and that is just for men in the club. Partridge hunting season has opened.

September 10, 2007 4:28 pm  
Blogger AL said...

Beautiful place and the photographs are very well done.
In a way, I envy you... seems relaxing is such a remote thing on my mind these days.

September 10, 2007 4:38 pm  
Anonymous lisa said...

It looks like a pleasant way to spend a late summer afternoon. Remind Anna not to wear her Crocs next time! :-)

September 11, 2007 3:15 am  

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