21/07/19 – I was so tired this morning. I just couldn’t get up to start the day. Maybe because it was way after midnight when I finally passed out last “night”. The sun came into my tent and heated me up so that I got up and started moving. It became a routine to stow away my tent before breakfast so everyone was waiting for me to be done. Around 10:30am we headed out to Abisko which is another hour of driving away from our camp. The way was beautiful and looked like being in Canada or maybe Alaska. We’ve seen reindeer grazing along the street which was very cool. I think we even snapped a picture of it. It didn’t move at all while passing by and kept on eating besides the road. We could see huge mountains in the far distance covered in snow and clouds. Really really impressive and left us in awe.
As we got to Abisko NP there were tons of tourists fighting for a parking lot or camping there. So many people seem to take on a thru hike at it’s definitely no secret anymore. But the trail was in a good condition and no waste could be found. LNT seems to work here! We took off and started hiking for about an hour. There is so much beautiful nature out there I can’t even describe it. We hiked along a river and stopped at some rapids to take some pictures and filter some water. Man, how I’ve missed thinking fresh, clean water from a good stream. The water tasted amazing and I choked a liter at once. Yummy 🙂 The board walks, once again on this journey, reminded me of parts of Maine where the Appalachian Trail becomes the Appalachian Swamp. Rock hopping, navigating around mud puddles and a sh** load of mosquitos included. As we found a good spot where we had great view on the mountains and the river down below, I started the grill for some brats and my stove for some instant noodles. Wow. I definitely don’t miss that but it was still ok. Another 1,5hours later we packed up everything we brought and headed back to the car. It’s been a sunny and warm day up here and hiking a small portion of that trail felt great. We’ll come back again one day for it to hike the whole thing.
As soon as we got back to our camp the rain set in pretty hard. I had to hold down the awning to prevent it from being blown away. Since we’re camped on pavement, there is no chance to get it fixed with stakes so I simply tied it down to my car. This should do the trick, just in case another storm comes in tonight.
Tomorrow we will pack up everything and leave, heading back south. There are some areas we’d like to visit again or explore a little more. We need some more darkness at night and better weather.
That’s for today. It’s late again and we need some good sleep. See you guys!
Blade & Family