I love waterfalls
30th July 2018
Where are we? Mindresunde, Norway
The day started out calm and quiet but after lying in bed for a bit we heard the awning (which we had left up last night because the weather forecast was fine) rattling about. Absolutely out of nowhere a howling gale started up and the lake that had been so placid last night looked suitable for bodyboarding. The van was taking a buffeting and there was no let up. It was so strong, although the sun was shining, that we couldn’t even sit outside so we were restricted to the van, all except the twins who can’t get enough of riding around campsites on bikes and playing on trampolines. We have come to realise that the two of them make more friends than the rest of us, partly because they are so awesome but mainly because they are just out and about having fun. They are always such a happy pair, whether bouncing and going crazy as they are playing or singing Abba tunes while doing the washing up people are forever starting up conversations with them. Anyway, being stuck in the van gave me and Jess a chance to catch up with some work but a bit after lunch we had had enough of that so we told the girls we were going for a walk, ‘but not a long one’. They didn’t really believe us! We set off on foot with the intention of going around the lake a bit but not much more. After a little way we crossed a rocky river running to the lake and we could see waterfalls up in the hills. The girls needed no second invitation and decided we were going to have a river walk and we had no choice but to follow them. Lily and Olivia set the pace and Allegra and Ruby stuck together leaving Jess and I to bring up the rear, we had broken up into our groups of two so we always had someone to help us when we got a little stuck. It was the sort of place where you just know that there was no one else about and we kept going and going until we got to a point where the waterfall became too much of a fall rather than a rocky river and there just happened to be a fallen tree over the rocks that the girls likened to a sofa so they all sat down watching the waterfall and having a well-earned rest. But the water looked very inviting so Jess and I got into our ‘suits’ and had a swim in the small pool where the water was very cold. We stayed for a little while before we headed back down, helping each other as before and making sure that despite one or two slips between us we all made it down safely. We had been isolated in the river valley but as soon as we came out we were caught in the wind again, it was still blowing a gale. Then all of a sudden, after howling for about 10 hours it just stopped and now we are once again sitting on our placid lake.
What have we learned? A river walk is a brilliant family day out for us and doing it in Norway where it feels like you are the only people in the world makes it even better.