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Fall is early here. Sept. 28

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Insignificant, we are.  Yoda says.

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Planet….?

Garden Gleaning on the First of October

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The best way to garden in the Fall is apparently to go to Norway. Then when you come back, it is actually Fall and time to move wood and gather in the last of the garden.

Farm Truck

First Load of Wood

The garden is quite the disaster.

But hiding behind all of those brown corn and sunflower stalks is a bunch of good stuff: pumpkins, sweet peppers, cayene, jalapeño, habañero, carrots, beets, and watermelon. More to come too!

Mini pumpkins hide under the grass and weeds.

An entire basket of peppers with more to come.

Hotey admires the flowers while eating corn.

Fin.

Fall bounty.

13.8 Miles in the Mountains of Norway in Skarvheimem

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The rockslide helped. Our original plan was to start hiking just down the road from the Skarvheimem cabin and walk 19km (11.8 miles) along the river bed. Just a few km in, a change of plans due to trail damage had us hike up over a ridge instead. This added 3.2km longwise and a whole bunch of vertical. The distance was not the issue, as you may imagine! Here is a photo documentary of the walk.

Morning view from the cabin

Ready to hike?

We started at a little restaurant/camp area where we ended up (8 hours later) having dinner. Getting started was a thing. By 10:30, we were walking.

Stopping for photo opportunities was a must. We had more cameras than people on our hike. Good news: the tripod actually got used!

 

 

The valley hike was very pretty, but in the end we were really glad we had to hike up over the ridge.

Don’t get too close to the edge!

Lunch break. We were joined by many lemmings

There was some wind at the top of the cliff.

And then it was down, down, down. Hard on the knees. The trail was so steep that in places metal cables had been installed. Those were a good thing.

Waterfalls, rock-covered trail, going up when you should be going down, and never quite getting to the water were all things. The wind was impressive when it was funneled up the valley and concentrated into tight eddies.

 

 

 

The sun peeked out occasionally with spectacular long yellow light.

 

Finally a road. The pace sped up as a taxi was summoned. We made it back in time for dinner, though walking up the three stairs to the restaurant was not easy!

This hike is among the most beautiful I have ever experienced. More is in order.

Rain, Clouds, Wind and Awesomeness in Norway

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Our second day in the mountains was a rainy day, so we donned our weather gear and hit the mountains for a short hike anyway. The site was almost like being underwater. Strange flora and miniature fauna. Squishy moss. Slippery black goo. Rocks. Rain. And fog.

The view

Snow

Up and up to around 1500 meters.

And then back down.

Norway in a Nutshell: Bergen in a Leaf

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Norway in a nutshell is a great way to see lots of a gorgeous country. It’s grueling though! We were on trains, boats and buses for 12 hours! Sadly, there is no beer on the boat until May 1st, so all future tourists make sure not to go to Norway in April.

This montage includes all legs of the Norway in a Nutshell trip plus our time spent in Bergen. We were joined by some great Norwegian friends for the last half of the trip. Conversation and laughter abound.

Norway is stunningly beautiful.

OSLO to MYRDAL

WAY too early

WAY too early

Jack and Daniel in the house, er , train

Jack and Daniel in the house, er , train

Dining car

Dining car

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MYRDAL TO FLÅN

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Incredible!

Incredible!

Is it THIS thing??

Is it THIS thing??

FJORD BOAT TO VOSS

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VOSS

Bus to Voss

Bus to Voss

Bergen in a Leaf

Bergen Night

Sunset from the Restaurant

Sunset from the Restaurant

Akavit

Akavit

Carhart is high style in Bergen

Carhart is high style in Bergen

Bergen Day

Breakfast in Bergen

Breakfast in Bergen

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The cable car goes back down.

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Bergen spring

Bergen spring

Long live Norway

Long live Norway