The kids wanted to go on a short overnighter and Thursday evening this week turned out to be a good time. I didn't want it to be too cold, since the boys haven't slept outdoors that much in the winter before, but this time the weather forecast was promising. A night temperature of around -8C isn't very cold, but it still has a wintery feel to it.
I left work a little earlier, but we still got started later than I would have wanted. Fortunately, the day is now noticeably longer than two months ago during the winter solstice. The sun is now up for 9 h 43 min, compared to 5 h 43 min two months ago. We started walking around sunset.
I used a pulk to get the bulky sleeping bags, a tent and a little firewood with me. Check out Mark's instructions for modifying the Paris Expedition pulk. Note the Ikea bags.
When we arrived at the Piikkiö Linnavuori shelter, there was a couple there grilling sausage, but they soon went home and left the fire to us.
The kids didn't want to sleep in the shelter, so I had to put up the tent, which I had brought for the unlikely case that the shelter would be occupied. The temperature was now a clear and crisp -9C.
The following thing to do was to grill our sandwhiches.
The weather was still clear, but there were clouds coming in, which would mean that it wouldn't get any colder.
The boys soon thought it to be a little cold and the suggestion to go to the sleeping bags got support. The sleeping bags soon returned the warmth and we went to sleep fairly early.
I got up a little before seven in the morning and started a fire. This time I even brought a small axe, which made it very simple to start the fire. With a only knife there is usually a lot more work.
After a while it was time for breakfast. It was now warmer with -4C and cloudy.
Some time after eight in the morning we got going again.
Yours truly, photographed by the seven-year-old boy.
Continuing on the winter trail.
Soon back at the car.
A nice little excursion again and some quality time with the kids.