Good morning! Here's the tale of Sweden's High Coast - Day Three, enjoy!
A warm and sunny morning greeted us as we awoke on day three on the trail; the events of day two would mean our route would have to change and we opted to break camp straight after breakfast and walk to the south entrance of the national park, collect our car, fill up on water and drive to the west entrance of the park so we could complete every section of our chosen route, albeit slightly punctuated by a short drive. It wasn't what we wanted to do, it felt a little like we had failed, but hiking with a toddler in tow shifts your perspective on what's important somewhat; if it were just the two of us we may of pushed on, hoping to find a trickle of water somewhere but knowing we had to feed and hydrate Benji we knew we had to do the sensible thing, putting his health and happiness ahead of our own sense of achievement. It turned out the walk from the west entrance was spectacular; one of our favourite sections of the trail. Steep paths wound down through rich, old growth spruce forests, signs of wildlife everywhere, eventually leading to natural clearings full of wild flowers; willowherbs, cinquefoils and cranesbills created a vivid mosaic of colour. The meadows gave way to a cool, clear tarn fringed with cottongrass waving gently in the breeze. We stopped here for a long while, absorbing the silence and feeling of wilderness. We had made good time, too good in fact and decided instead of staying at the designated camping area nearby, to walk back through the forest and make our way to a campsite at the start of the trail. We arrived late, tired, and thankful for the chance to have a hot shower. It was the last night of our multi-day hike, the last night in the tent before heading to a cabin the next day, and a good chance to reflect back on the journey. Although fairly short, and less wild than some of the places we have been, this had been a true adventure for us; taking our nearly two year old son into remote locations for the first time, camping each night, and sharing with him the things that bring us joy was an experience that we'll never forget..
Never thought I'd love working with kids as much as I did here at Valley Children's. I've a newfound love for my job, a new set of skills, and it's all thanks to everyone I've worked with here. Thank you so much for having me ❤ #wheretonext