The first one is a "little" hike in an area called Smitingen. It is a natural park, containing some natural caves we wanted to go and have a look at. I wrote "little", because while the overall length is only 1,6km it took us 1,5 hours to get there and back! The terrain is quite challenging and the summerwarmth did the rest. You will notice the latter keeps coming back, since it was such a dominating factor.
First we walked toward a small inland lake. Being in the shade of the trees was a very welcome moment of respite. It was around 10:00AM, but the sun was already making its presence very much felt.
After this little endevour we really had to cool down and what better way to do that than to take a dive into the sea right beside it. That was a very first for 4 out of 5 family members with only my wife having had a swim in the North Sea in Holland. To me however this did not look and feel as a sea at all. The water was very clear, there was no sign of any sort of shells, minimal life apart from some seaweed and small fish and a total lack of waves. More like a lake, but with a salty taste....
This daytrip reminded me that one needs to prepare before doing an activity like this. We did bring water, but it would've been better if we had brought more. Despite being out there for only an hour and a half or a bit longer, the 1 liter we brought was actually not enough to be comfortable. Luckily we had 3 more liters in the cooler in the car. We also seriously underestimated the terrain en the footwear most of us wore, was certainly not sufficient! Sandles and rockclimbing do not match!
Another trip was to the Skuleberget. This rockformation lies right beside the Skuleskogen national park and that was to be our destination after the Skuleberget.
|took this one from wikipedia, because our picture sucked..|