Spring is finally here, and I’ve been longing to get out on a canoe camping trip again.
Last weekend was the first one for 2019, and I had a wonderful time.
At first I had planned to bring C with me, but she wanted to stay at home. My wife also thought I might need some alone time, so I went on a solo trip instead.
This was also the first time I filmed a trip, and I came back with almost 3h of video, that I edited down to a 37 min film.
I started driving before noon on Saturday, and drove to Tolg, north of Växjö where I put in the canoe. The weather was great for paddling. Just a few clouds, barely any wind and comfortable temperature to paddle in.
Filming was a new experience, and though it was fun to film, it did take away some of the relaxation of being in nature.
I paddled slowly south, while enjoying the sounds of the birds singing. My goal was the little meadow where I had camped last summer.
Every once in a while I stopped paddling, just to sit still in the canoe and listen to everything around me. The lake was beautiful, and I really enjoyed being out on the lake again.
I paddled slowly past dead trees, laying in the water, but roots still attached to the shore.
Slowly but surely I was getting closer to the meadow where I would put up my camp.
I paddled to the shore, unloaded the canoe and put up my tent, the stove and the rest of the gear.
I was getting hungry, so I stared a fire right after the camp was up. I made a lunch of potatoes and reindeer stew. Unfortunately I forgot the lingonberry jam this time too.
While the food was cooking I set up the hammock between two trees.
I ate lunch while hanging in the hammock and enjoying the view. A lot of the afternoon was spent in the hammock.
When evening came I took the canoe out for a paddle around the area. I paddled to another cove, across the lake from my camp. It was really nice to paddle on the still silent lake. I paddled slowly, and just enjoyed the serenity.
Once back in camp I made a dinner of pepper steaks, fried vegetables, mushrooms and rice.
After sunset the calm was broken by two Canada geese that kept quacking really load. They kept at it endlessly, but eventually I fell asleep.
I woke up to the same sound of the geese at around 6 o’clock, but managed to get back to sleep again. When I woke up the next time, the geese had stopped.
I got up, started a small fire in the stove and fried some pita bread and made some coffee.
After breakfast I packed up camp and paddled back to the car.
I had a nice time out, and I really like canoeing in weather like this. I can’t wait to get back out again.