Sunday, July 20, 2014

July 20: The Family Tree

From two sisters...
Ragnhild and Ingeborg Holmstul
...sprouted many branches:
Holmstul family reunion, Bø, Telemark, Norway
Pouring over the family archives
Still some questions about who's who
But this one, even I recognized! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Remembering Ragnvald Holmstul, 1921-2014:

"Will the circle be unbroken...
By and by Lord, by and by...
There's a better home awaiting...
In the sky Lord, in the sky."

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18: Waterfalls in the Rain

At the Vøringfossen overlook, Eidfjord
Flowers in the mist, Vøringfossen
Løtefossen's twin waterfalls pass under the highway, in the Odda Valley
Running from the rain and the spray

July 17: Riding the Rails

Our three-day hiking trek was completed by train connections at either end of the loop.

Bags packed, waiting at the Geilo station to catch the Oslo-Bergen line.
More than a few other trekkers have the same idea: Setting off from Finse.
Riding the Flåmsbana train from Flåm to Myrdal
Somewhere, under the rainbow...
Obligatory photo stop along the Flåm-Myrdal train line.
I see that train a-comin'... One more connection before heading home.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 16: Aurlandsdalen: Norway's Grand Canyon

The Aurland Valley is billed as "Norway's Grand Canyon," but it reminds me more of a Nordic Hawaii, lush with greenery and waterfalls. Our hike descended along the river's path, through a narrow rocky gorge, past abandoned farms, all the way down to sea level.

July 15: Wildlife Encounters

Norwegian family with baby reindeer
Not Rudolph: This two-month reindeer was rescued by the staff at the Geiterygghytta DNT lodge.
Exit at your own risk!
Text at your own risk, too.

July 14: Back to the Backcountry

Day one of our three-day hike from the mountains to the fjords:
Starting off at the Finse train station, elevation 1220 meters. Although that is only about 4000 feet, in Norway, it's well above timberline--and there was still snow on the trail in July!
The trail crossed countless streams, waterfalls, and snowfields

All day we were in and out of the rain and fog
Clouds lifting after a rain shower
Crossing one final snow bridge before arriving at our backcountry "hut"
King of the Mountain