I had plans for several overnighters in May, but due to the aforementioned reason it did not happen. I had also hoped to get one or two overnighters with the kids before the mosquitoes would be out in numbers. Now that the kids' school was out for the summer we decided to give it a go, despite the rather hot weather. The area chosen was the lake Savojärvi, a 30 minute car ride from home.
We started walking a little over five in the Sunday afternoon, beginning with the new trail on the north side of the lake.
Lily of the valley.
The progress was slow, since the kids saw so many interesting things, this time a beetle being attacked by ants.
The bog rosemary has already had its prime time.
Something else interesting.
Unusually big ants.
A young photographer.
The wild rosemary lights up the bog...
The trail continued along the lake.
A wetter section of the bog.
It was still hot, around 27°C (80°F), so the water tasted great.
After this little break we continued for a short while until we came upon a suitable place to put up the tent.
This time the dinner was tortilla. While pancakes, as we all know, is the most noble outdoor food available, I thought cold tortillas would be better in this hot weather.
After dinner we all had something to read.
I went out a little before sunset, which was at 22:50. This time of the year it doesn't really get dark during the night. The number of mosquitoes was now very high
The night was warm and the coldest temperature was maybe 15°C (59°F) around sunrise at 4:10. We didn't bother to bring any sleeping bags. The kids had fleece blankets and I had a silk sleeping bag liner.
The next morning. (Rather cute, I would say).
The insects tend to go to the highest point in the pyramid tent.
The breakfast was hot chocolate/coffee and flatbread.
The temperature rose quickly in the morning, but there were now only a few mosquitoes active
The bug inner tent would actually have sufficed this time. For this kind of use the Golite Shangri-La 5 is an excellent tent. It has lots of space inside and is big enough for a family of two adults and two kids and it weighs only 2.7kg with some extra groundstakes.
We got going again at half past eight.
After a while we arrived at the Kurjenrahka bog at the south side of the lake.
More interesting things. I think this was the insect that looked like a small pine needle.
Wild rosemary again.
The forest trails had been "improved". I guess it is ok in a place like this where there is a lot of traffic, but I'm still somewhat ambivalent about it and from an mtb rider's point of view the trail is a lot less interesting.
I don't think the old trail was in too bad shape.
A short break.
Incy, wincy spider.
The final boardwalk section.
That was it. A nice little overnighter in very warm weather. And I wasn´t even terribly late for work at Monday.