While I was looking at the waterhole, I heard a bird call up above me and knew I had company; a couple of birds of prey. The drifted across the sky and one of them kept calling and circling above me. Even when I entered the forrest, he/she kept following me, riding the "waves" in the sky. There were gusts of wind, which it used to hang still and sail away afterwards. It even came low enough for me to take decent pictures with my cybershot-thingy!
It was warm and initially I struggled with the warmth. Going uphill over rough country, packed up, no wind, temperatures around the 20's in the shade.... There was one wet spot on top of that hill; me!
But I needed the exercise. My overall physical condition and endurancecapability do need to be enhanced.
|for the gearfans... me|
|There's supposed to be water there....|
|I did find surfacewater, but it did not appeal to me for some reason.|
|I managed to sneak up very close....|
|Because I had no fixed plan on where to go, and because of earlier experiences with losing my bearing, I do not go without map and/or compas again.|
I also brought it, because I wanted to try out a few things. I could do this at home, too, but this way it's much more fun! I wanted to boil some eggs, instead of frying them as usual. I did include a potgrip with my set, but never used it and I also wanted to try the top/fryingpan as a lid for my cooking to see how that would work. In hindsight I can say that I am starting to see the potential of this set. I need to work with it more, but I think I might start to like it well, after all.
Coffee from a plastic foldable mug does not taste as good as from a wooden kuksa. That's for sure!
The lid worked great. There was enough spareroom left for the steam to escape, instead of build up, I could still handle it's handle with my bare hands and I can see how I could warm up additional food in the top, too.
|a nice rolling boil|
I was thrilled and enchanted and stood there for at least 15 minutes, watching them. Boy, was I glad I brought my binoculairs this time!
|Storlom (Gavia arctica)|
|a shot of the landscape I passed through|
|lichen in bloom|
|a small green butterfly|
|the going was tough sometimes|
|heading home, uphill again and crosscountry|
If there is a heaven, this is it..... to me.
|X marks the spot???|