Midsummer on Flinsberget

22 06 2013

Early Midsummer Eve morning the weather on the coast was not brilliant. In principle the sky was mostly blue but there were grey clouds on the horizon. The temperature was around 14C, it wasn’t raining but looked as though it could do any moment. As dancing round maypoles pretending to be frogs is no longer on our list of favourite pastimes and the pickled herring with a beer and auquavit or two would put paid to any chance of driving afterwards we decided to drive towards Hedemora and this series of nearly 30 caches on a 7 km track round Flinsberget. I had meant to do this the previous weekend but other activities got a higher priority. It turned out that we made the right choise of place to be.

We arrived at the car park just after 9 am and had a quick cup of coffee at the Fadderuttanstugan before starting off. Of course there was a cache at the cottage – an old one placed by Trang in 2008 called simply Flinsberget. After drinking our coffee we followed the track uphill reading all the signboards as we walked on. It was then I noticed that we had missed Vandringsled #1 Informationstavla as that was on a different track, but I decided that as it was so close to the car park I could do it at the end of our walk.

The first kilometer was a climb of just over 100 meters but the track was fine and the sun was shining, there was a light breeze and there were birds singing and insects buzzing. A perfect day for walking! I stopped to take some photographs and found that my camera was not functioning properly. Compact digital cameras and I don’t seem to get along too well. This is my fourth or fifth camera over not so many more years. They seem to live until the guarantee runs out then break down. I got a lens error message and a very blurred photo. Later on it packed up completely, then as inexplicably started working again.

Photos of the best views were blurred

Photos of the best views were blurred

Approaching Storabborsjön

Approaching Storabborsjön

We passed the closed cottage at Stora Aborrtjärn which seemed to belong to some kind of organisation as it was definitely not a private cottage. There was no-one there so we stopped at a bench by the lake for our lunch.

Our lunch stop. It was now quite warm and the rest was appreciated

Our lunch stop. It was now quite warm and the rest was appreciated

As we were sitting there a dragonfly repeatedly landed on a twig a couple of meters in front of me. I tried to get a close up of it as the translucent wings glittered in the sun. I took several photos but the camera wasn’t cooperating. This is the best I got.

I just couldn't get the camera to focus :-(

I just couldn’t get the camera to focus 😦

The trail followed a dirt road for about another kilomter before going back into the woods and down to Skärsjöskäret. It’s an unusual name for a lake and a real tongue twister to pronounce.

What a mouthful! Not for English tongues.

What a mouthful! Not for English tongues.

The trail then wound past a couple of springs with Lilla Aborrtjärn lying between them. The cache, Vandringsled #17 Råkälla, was tricky to find and when it finally appeared it was obvious that it had been replaced at some point as the log strip differed to the rest of the series.

A sign at one of the springs

A sign at one of the springs

This was the 2nd spring we passed

This was the 2nd spring we passed

It was on this next stretch that a capercaillie (tjäder for my Swedish readers) flew up right in front of me and gave me a bit of a fright. Apart from that and other much smaller birds we didn’t see any wildlife. However, the sign seemed to indicate that unusual pink animals were to be seen here.

This sign warned us of dangerous animals?

This sign warned us of dangerous animals?

Obviously there are a fair number of moose in the area as the salt lick was well used.

A well used salt lick

A well used salt lick

When we got back to the car we had found 27 of the 28 cache in the series and just had to find #1. When I got to GZ there was obvious signs of searching in the very clearly hinted spot. I didn’t find the cache though so I suspect it has gone. We found a couple of other caches in the area not belonging to the trail so at the end of the walk we went home with thirty finds and had a great walk finding them. Thanks Svedjan for the trail.

Thirty new smileys on the geocaching map.

Thirty new smileys on the geocaching map.

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