Thank you, Mr. Squirrel. You add joy to my day. I hope the sunflower seeds taste okay.
You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
Fools stand on their island of opportunities
and look toward another land.
There is no other land; there is no other life than this.
– Henry David Thoreau
The little Nisse is waving goodbye to 2016 and wishing 2017 welcome.
He wishes every single person on earth a happy new year filled with love and compassion.
The nuthatch (spettmeis in Norwegian) with all its breaks activated.
We are having this winter’s first snowfall here, it startet snowing yesterday around 2 p.m. and has not stopped yet. That means that the birds appreciate a little help finding food, and we can enjoy them visiting us. Here is a picture taken today, showing one of my favorites, I think it is called a jay in English. Its Norwegian name is “Nøtteskrike”.
..and of course he is welcome to do so here on Jan’s bulletin board:
After reading “Search inside yourself” by Chade-Meng Tan, I joined the campaign “40 days (and 40 nights) of sharing joy“. This campaign has a daily challenge, and Sunday’s challenge was to write a joyful poem. I had never before in my life written a poem in English, but I thought I should give it a try, just for the fun of it. Here is the result:
My Mother Earth is suffering
from humans’ greed and fear
News of war and evil deeds
are always in my ear
But soon this will be changed my friend
believe that this is true
I have begun to meditate
to save the world for you.
After a coffee and a delicious waffle at Smuksjøseter we were set for the last part of our hike. We would be following the gravel road back to our “base” at Høvringen. Not as good as hiking in the terrain, but great anyway. A minibus passed us a couple of times with passengers who had had enough of walking for the day, but else there was no traffic. Back at Høvringen we had a shower and a rest, and a lovely dinner to end a perfect day.
Not far from the Peer Gynt hut we have a magnificent view of the north side of the mountain range “Smiubelgjen”. The name means “the blacksmith’s bellows”. I am filled with gratitude towards the people who worked hard in the 1950’s and -60’s to make this area a national park.
The path between the Peer Gynt hut and Smuksjøseter is well-used, and it follows the valley floor and is easy to walk. The name Smuksjøseter can be translated to something like “a mountain dairy farm situated by a beautiful lake”. It is not used as a dairy farm anymore, it has like many of the old mountain farms been transformed to a place where tourists can stay while enjoying hiking in this beautiful area. (I should also add that they make the most wonderful waffles here, crisp and warm with strawberry jam and sour cream. I should have taken a picture of it, but then it was already gone..)
Tuesday is our big day, we have planned to hike from Høvringen to the Peer Gynt hut. That means we will be walking 20 kilometers, most of it inside Rondane national park. We enjoy a delicious breakfast at our base and prepare some food and coffee to carry in our backpacks for a meal at the hut when we get there. Luckily we have a little chat with the hostess at Høvringen Fjellstue before we start. She knows the area well, and suggests a round trip which will give us some fine views of the wonderful scenery. We follow her advice, which turns out to be very good.
The weather is still fine, with glimpses of sun and blue sky and almost no wind, and we quickly find the footpath to follow. It is easy going, slowly ascending from around 1000 up to 1180 meters at the highest. We are passing the foot of the mountain Formokampen, which is another popular destination because of its great view, but today its peak at 1428 meters is covered by low clouds.
After a couple of hours we can see down into the valley where our destination lies. To the north, we can see the lake Høvringvatn, with Smuksjøseter at its eastern shore, and to the south we can see the smaller and rounder lake Søndre Høvringsvatn, with the Peer Gynt hut a little south of its southern end. We descend into the valley at around 1000 meters, and have a good rest and a meal at the hut.