|Ihana kesämuisto: Melontaretki tyynellä erämaajärvellä.|
Last summer we did a lovely canoeing trip to Livojärvi. It is a clear and beautiful, big lake in Posio, Lappland. We were lucky to have calm and beautiful days there in the beginning of June, when the daylight lasts 24 hours.
We started paddling in the morning. Some clouds were on the sky. The weather was warm. It was not scary to go over the lake, because there was hardly any wind. In the middle of the first leg there was a shallow place in the lake. We stopped to drink some water. We drank from our water bottles.
The sides of the canoe made a whizzing sound, when some rush touched them. I looked in to the water. It was easy to see the bottom of the lake - there was some golden sand there. The figures of the rushes reached all the way from the bottom to the surface, and then above us. There was no fish, no wind, no birds - like the lake would have been dead. But really, it was just sleeping on a hot summer day.
We went on, and soon reached a beautiful sandy beach. We pulled the canoe on the sand and decided to take a little walk to see the surroundings. It was a really narrow cape. On the other side there was a bay, connected to a round pond. It was possible to walk in the water and to go the other side. The water felt really cold, but at the same time, it was a relief to my feet.
After exploring the pond and the capes around it, we decided to go on. We saw a couple of nice beaches on the way, and headed on. I had seen in the map and other round pond and a cape even more narrow and long, and I wanted to walk it.
We parked the canoe again on the beach and started climbing over a hill. And there it was: A pond so still and clear it was like mirror or dream. Only a thin slice of land went around the pond and lead us to the cape.
The cape was high. There were some birds in there. I saw a mother grouse in the forest, and big footsteps of Mr grouse went down from the ridge and then on and on in the sand. I had never known that they go for walks in the beach!
We saw dark clouds coming from the west. I wanted to reach the end of the cape, but we were nearly there, when we decided it is time to turn. We still needed to find a place for the night, and we did not want to canoe in storm.
We walked all the way back to the canoe, but this time we on the other side of the cape and the pond. Then we just picked up the speed, because it started raining. But the rain was over as soon as it started. We came to the canoe. and went swimming. It was lovely.
Then we just paddled a small journey to a nice point we had seen before, and put our tent there. There was everything you could want: A sandy beach. some trees to hang the hammock to, and a spectacular view over the lake. We thought we might watch the thunder coming. We started cooking and looking at the dark blue clouds build up in the distance. The colors were amazing, and there was even some rumbling noise, but then it started to fade and went away. So we just enjoyed the silence and peace and our meal and dessert. The sunshine lasted till midnight.
It felt good to crawl to tent, but it was too hot to close the sleeping bag, so I just lay on top of it.
In the morning the water was even calmer than the day before. The atmosphere was so still, that it made me whisper - Like I should not be the one to disturb the perfect balance. Quietly we had our porridge and coffee, silently we glided on the water. Like always, it is not nice to turn back home, because it means leaving behind the peace only nature can give us.
All the way home I was thinking about it: Cooking on a sandy beach by a remote lake we are doing exactly the same thing our stone age ancestors have done. In your bones, it feels right. Compared to it, our modern life and money system seems like an ultimate madness.
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