Woke to heavy fog. I could barely see anything at all at first, but by the time we had packed up the fog had lifted and revealed a gorgeous sunny morning and the weather actually held for most of the day. A quick shower just now as I lay here journaling, though the sun is still out and slowly setting. But I am getting ahead of myself.
The first part of the day was a long climb up the mountain through birch forests… Hard work, but once we got up above the tree line again it was all worth it. Rolling highland moor with endless views for a better part of the day with the majestic Vindelfjällen in the rear view. Life is good!
Getting better at the morning routine we hit the trail by 9:30. Tomorrows stage would have been a rather long stage (19 km), but since Servestugan (the recommended stage goal for today) was located in the middle of wetlands and birch forests, a rather dull place to camp, we hiked an extra 2 km to find something better and to gain on the distance for tomorrow. We found a pretty nice spot just past the bridge over Servvejuhka. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed a majestic view!
Unfortunately the midges were out in full force even here. Bloody vampires! So after dinner down by the river, we tucked into our tents. I don’t mind too much, the door of my tent has see-through mosquito netting and I am facing a spectacular view. Knees are holding up but I am a little bit sore between the shoulder blades today, my body getting used to carrying a the pack I suppose. It ought to go away in the next few days.
Song of the day: Egoist by Kent. “…vi skall leva leva livet…” Yeah… I am living the life!!! Hmm a lot of Kent music accompanying me on this hike. I have a ticket to their farewell tour when returning home, so naturally they are on my mind. But also, reflecting about life while walking it is not that strange this is what I conjure up. This music has been such a huge part of my life growing up. Sooo many good songs, lyrics especially, crashes straight into your heart and soul! Kept me alive through many a rough patch… thanks!
Well I’ll sign off here, I have a date with my book… nite nite!