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This week summer suddenly turned to Autumn, bringing with it cooler weather and lots of rain.
We were caught unprepared because our wet weather gear hasn’t yet arrived from Australia. Our poor children got wet legs and feet walking to and from school and our son’s teacher even wrote to us telling us to pack wet weather gear. How embarrassing! We broke our attempt to not buy anything and rushed to the shops on Friday afternoon hunting for decently priced and reasonable quality gear that even our son will be willing to wear (he’s quite sensitive to touch and flatly refuses to wear many things if they feel even remotely uncomfortable).
On Fridays we don’t work and we normally like to hike, so when we woke to a rainy day we decided to hike anyway and this time go around Bymarka mountain. We walked our children to their schools and then set off through the constant rain. We don’t have a printed map and were relying on Google Maps and we found that it’s not a good option to try to use a Smart Phone in the rain. We will need to organise something different in future because from what we’ve heard rain is a constant in Autumn in Trondheim, that and shorter and shorter days until the sun barely skims the horizon.
We broke our fasts with wild raspberries and strawberries. Both were perfectly ripe and succulent but I doubt they will be any good after this weekend because they were turning to pulp.
We tried to be brave and enjoy the hike as much as possible in the constant rain but with our jogging shoes our feet were already sodden and even a stoic struggles to enjoy themselves with wet feet. It was also difficult to even see the stunning vegetation through the constant rain. It’s a beautiful walk with many changes in scenery and vegetation with upland bogs, creeks and alpine heath.
Everywhere that we walked we pictured skiing along those trails in the winter. What fun it will be! Our intended destination was Dreiers Minne, which is a small alpine hut that was built by a chiropractor and has a cafe with seating for 8-10 people. We intended to walk to the hut, then continue around to the other side of the mountain. As we approached the hut we were faced with a creek crossing and we were already wet and miserable so we turned back and chose not to ford the creek.
We talked as we walked and enjoyed time to discuss things without interruptions by our children. Our position is a bit precarious here in Trondheim. I am still employed by an Australian company and therefore not paying tax in Europe. The immigration specialists that were handling our immigration failed to notice that and applied for the wrong class of residency. We have less than 2 months to gain residency before we have to leave Europe so we are on tenterhooks waiting for someone to fix the problem and make the correct application. My work continues unabated but I am forced to battle with immigration specialists as well and it is taking its toll on my buoyancy.
On the fjord-side of the mountain we descended towards the fjord-side track and were faced with crossing the creek shown above or turning back. We knew that if we hurried we could walk home and change into dry clothes before picking up our daughter from school and that was incentive enough to ford the creek, that and the fact that our feet were already drenched. I grew up needing to walk across flooding creeks whenever it flooded (a few times a year) so this was thrilling and reminded me of my childhood.
In total we walked about 20km and at the end of it neither of us wanted to walk any further. This is mildly surprising considering that we comfortably walked over 30km last week. Perhaps the cold and wetness took its toll on us.