Me and my kayak along the coast.

I had decided it´s time that I get used to longer trips and bigger waters. One sunny morning I started from our own village Pirlax, went down to Tirmo and then up to Vålax. It took me five hours and 24 km and I burnt my skin. Fortunately both I and the kayak could get a lift back home by car. It´s not very convenient to take photos when paddling, but here is a selection of some views along the trip.

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Not very far from Strandhagen is a wonderful place called Bökars that used to be the summerplace of Armi Ratia who was the founder of the Marimekko company.

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Me and my kayak at Midsummer

At the end of the Midsummer weekend I went Along the Illby Creek with my kayak. The starting point was 12 km from Strandhagen and I was able to paddle 6 km before there were too many stones ahead and I had to turn back. Here is some pictures from that wonderful sunny evening that became a foggy night before I was back.

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Midsummer

Midsummer is one of the most important feasts during the year. Most people leave the cities and go to enjoy summer to a cottage, preferable by a lake or the by the sea. Fortunately Finland has lots of lakes and a long sea shore so it is possible for most people.The main topic around Midsummer is of course the weather. This year we haven´t been that fortunate, but it didn´t rain too much and in the evenings the sun appeared.

Here are some photos from a kayak tour I made one of the evenings in the archipelago nearby Strandhagen.

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On this small rocky island there is only one tree, a rowan, and a rose bush that is a little special as it has has both white and red flowers.

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The new generation.

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My favourite birds! Haematopus ostralegus, Oyster catcher in english, Strandskata in swedish and Meriharakka in finnish. It is the national bird of Faroe islands and there they call it Tjaldur, a nice and easy name to remember.

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Enjoying life

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Nice people, from Franken in Germany, bringing delicious wines, from Franken in Germany, meeting other nice people, from Bavaria in Germany, at Strandhagen. Thank you all, it was a pleasure to share the evening with you!