The Day It Rained So Hard

Three years ago today, August 12, 2014, we were hiking in Sweden at the Fjallraven Classic.  An all expenses paid trip we had won!!!!

The day started out cloudy and by mid-day was a constant hard driving rain.  Right before crossing a bridge, we came across this meditation place.  The quote is from Dag Hammarskjold’s book Markings (english).  I can’t find a translation for the quote.

After we crossed the bridge, we saw snow next to the river.  And another signpost, showing us which way to go.

As we approached the Alesjaure checkpoint, we saw this sign. 20140812_081626


Telling us that Reindeer wraps and Coca Cola were ahead.  We had to stop!!  But it was still raining.  When we arrived at the spot, there were several lean-to’s made out of logs and tarps, a kitchen tent and a fire pit.

This couple bought one for their dog, who ate everything but the carrots, which she spit out.  The plate was licked clean, except for the pile of carrots!  That is our friends Jim and Steve from the United States next to the fire pit.  You can’t really tell in the photos, but it is pouring rain.

We then continued up to the checkpoint, where we got our passport stamped, a food resupply and a cup of tea in a warm dry space.  While we sat inside, our group of friends was at another table in deep discussion about whether or not they would stop, set up camp in the rain, or continue on.  20140812_104913

That is our new friend Alexander, from Germany, who is deep in thought.

We decided that we would set up camp in the rain.  After the tent was set up, we headed over to the sauna.  I know it doesn’t make much sense to get in a sauna, especially when you are already wet from the rain, but it was nice to be warm!!!!  Loved the sauna even though it was very crowded.  We weren’t as brave as some, as we didn’t run down to the lake, jump in and come back.  That was too much for me.

After the sauna, it was back to the tent to make dinner.  If you look closely at the photo with the red tent, you can see across the lake a group of buildings-which is a town.  After making dinner we settle in for the night.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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