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Day 17~ A Day Made By Carling

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Yes, if Carling made days, they would brand today and market it well. It would be a best seller!

It started with us not waking till 9.30. We couldn’t take our eyes off the lake with it’s rolling mist. It was ethereal. I made breakfast of choc chip pancakes, after Lyn had had his first course of cereal, and we settled down to a chill day.


For the first time, yes, the actual first time on this holiday we had blue skies and sunshine. We were determined to make the most of it and got the chairs out to relax and read. It was a case of read a paragraph, look at the view, and repeat.

At 1pm we had decreed it officially swimming time. We climbed down some rocks just in front of the van, and was quickly in the very deep water. It was cold, but absolutely beautiful. We were just in this amazing blue water, looking up at mountains all around us, and two glaciers. It was absolute bliss, and what memories are made of; another one for my happy bank. I even dunked my head this time, which gave me brain freeze, but that quickly went. I floated there in absolute silence, and ended up staying in for nearly half an hour. I just didn’t want to leave. Amazing to think I’m swimming in the water that rushed past me a few days ago, straight from the glacier.


We sat in the sun to dry off, and decreed that 3pm was water sports time. Amazingly the camp site has a wide range of water craft free to borrow. Just help yourself!


Lyn was keen to start with the canoe. I was dubious but went along with it. From the moment I got in I felt sick. I hated the instability of it all, and felt really queasy, plus my back went into spasms. We only stayed in about 15 minutes, and went back to the jetty. From there we got into the rowing boat. This was much better, I felt much more stable. In Lyn’s eagerness to get me back out on the water and fighting with uneven oars, one with a split handle, he suddenly discovered he was rowing the boat backwards! A quick change of seats on the high seas, and we were rocking, or should that be rowing! It was peaceful out there.


After the rowing boat had been returned I made a sudden decision to feel the fear and do it anyway in a single sit on kayak. Lyn and I had talked about buying kayaks, pre Covid, and had been to a shop in Cardiff to look at them. We were looking to buy sit in kayaks, as we had done a sea kayaking break in Pembrokeshire and a sea kayaking trip in the Lofoten Islands in Norway, but ended up not buying because of Covid. This was my chance to try a sit on kayak. I was really nervous. I hadn’t liked the instability of the canoe, so surely this would be worse, as it would be just me, and so much nearer the water. In fact it was the opposite, so much easier. I loved it. I had the chance to pootle around by myself and felt quite happy. I think I will get a sit on kayak, so I can do more like this. I prefer being in the water to being on it, but I can see the advantage to lazily cruising around an Alpine lake or two, when weather conditions are perfect.


After that, it was time to return to terra firma. It was time to get out the BBQ for the first time this holiday. Lyn did his usual excellent job, and steak and chicken was consumed. Lyn even went to the little campsite shop to splash out on sausages and bacon. Unfortunately our peace and quiet was shattered then by some feral Norwegian children who had arrived and decided our pitch was the best place to launch a pedalo from. Cue much comings and goings through our pitch, lots of noise, lots of rock throwing and even our bbq nearly being knocked over by one little girl not looking where she was going!

Not sure yet whether to stay here again tomorrow or move on. The weather is forecast to go back cloudier, so we’ll see!

Posted by CariadJohn 17:34 Archived in Norway Tagged boats lake glacier kayaking norway roadtrip scandinavia hymer

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