Our stay at the “castle”, part 1.

Saturday we headed out again for a night out in the forest. We did not bring skis this time, since the weather has been milder and quite a lot of snow has melted and made it more substantial, so I made a decision that we should walk on our feet. Luckily for us somebody had taken the trip before us some time ago, because it was pretty tiresome to walk in the heavy snow. And it was more snow than I anticipated, I thought the it would be almost the same depth as around our house, but the few meter higher it’s laying made a great difference in snow depth. But we made it in reasonable time. The kids are so good at making distance, they never complain anymore, just having a good time when they are hiking on their way with their backpacks.

Here we are on our way to the “castle”, this time it was the youngest one who was leading the way.

We made our way to the top of the hill where the castle is located, the camp boss made a campfire while the boys sled down the slopes surrounding the castle with shrieks of joy. The kids decided what to have for dinner, so we brought hot dogs. They love to grill them on the fire, especially the first one, then the camp boss usually have to take over and grill the rest. Then it was time to make the place for our sleeping arrangement. The snow inside the castle was in such state that i used my feet to flatten it out and it got hard enough to sleep on with some good sleeping pads on top.

A campfire is a fantastic multitasker, it gives warmth, comfort, gets the coffee ready and grilling hotdogs. I am sure it can handle more tasks too.

After a good nights sleep where the temperature dropped to not more than -5C, we woke up to a light grey day as a thin layer of clouds had sailed in during the early morning. We stayed in our sleeping bags to late morning, playing some rounds of snakes and ladders. The camp boss did not win any of the rounds. After some breakfast, which consisted of some candy from the night before and some sandwiches, we started packing to start our hike home.

A game of snakes and ladders in the sleeping bag on a late morning is fun.


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Sunday trip was canceled.

Some days during the winter we dream about this.

As the weather has been really bad here this weekend we decided to cancel our planned trip. It has been raining non stop for the last 48 hours or so. You could not go out the door without getting wet to the skin. The temperature hovered around 0C, so it was not an ideal time to go outside. We have stayed at home wearing pajamas, playing boardgames, and fired in the furnace. Quite cosy actually. We could have gone on a trip, but I know from experience that nothing kills the love of going out in the forest is being wet even before you have arrived in it. For an adult going out in the rain and bad weather can be a nice change, to see the beauty of nature in all its different aspects. Its not that easy when you’re a kid, its so fun rolling in the snow and jumping in puddles, and when it has been so wet as it has been here the last few days, a day out soon turns wet and cold.Then the kids will not enjoy being outside without the possibility to go inside and get dry. So then we hope for a better opportunity later.

And we did have some fun, since it was mothers day, the boys and I got to bake brownies for breakfast, and with some ice cream, that was a real winner for the boys. Lets hope that the next weekend will give us better weather, it is no problem with -20C, if it is dry we will have a blast.

Enjoyed some gaming accompanied by some hot cocoa and fire in the furnace.
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