WPC:Shadowed- Mountains & Lakes

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I love this photo. There is story behind this picture- It was clicked in Norway, And you see a tiny human being on a kayak in the picture- He is Ash šŸ™‚ I am not a good swimmer so was scared to get on to that deep lake with a Kayak. So Ash went for it alone, and there was no other person on that lake. I clicked this picture to keep an eye on him while he is over there, enjoying the tranquil nature that prevailed all around.

Luckily I found him through my lens in the shadows of mountains created on the lake surface, and I happened to capture the heavenly beauty that was all around me.

In response to :Ā https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/shadowed/

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A hike to Pulpit Rock

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Me- At Pulpit Rock Edge

Me- At Pulpit Rock Edge

By bringing myself over the edge and back, I discovered a passion to live my days fully, a conviction that will sustain me like sweet water on the barren plain of our short lives.

My love affair with mountains & hikes started after my first hike to Pulpit Rock. Ā A big thanks to Ash who feels the same and we continued hiking through many forests,hills and lakes.

After a night well spent in the little red cabin, it was the day to hike Famous Pulpit Rock in Stavanger.Ā Pulpit Rock – also know as Preikestolen, is a steep massive cliff 600mts (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden.

Once you reach Preikestolen Fjellstue, the trail starts from this parking site. It is a wonderful hike of 2.4miles with some great mountains and landscapes views on the way. A good fitness, proper walking boots, rain gear ( mountains weather can be mischievous), a small lunch pack and water bottle will keep you going 3-4 hours up & down the mountain.

I always find the initial bit of hike to mountain a bit tough because the path starts with a steep ascent but thereafter it always gets easy. I am not sure if it happens with all, but for me its true. Nevertheless once you climb initial 100-200 meters, the muscles just gets the kick and you are ready.

We all were excited to do this hike. It is a must do for people who love mountains. It is not a challenging but a hard gradient hike, also one should be careful as it us an exposed plateau so on windy days you need to be careful at edges. Never take mountains lightly, you have to careful from the time you start your climb until you are back safely at base.

Here are some of the pictures of our hike.

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On the way to Pulpit

 

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Hiking up my way

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Breathtaking views of Fjords and rivers

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Happy moment- yes I did it

Thanks to our friend Nammi who introduced us to Pulpit. And a big hug and thanks to dear hubby ( Ash) who captured the moments.

A night In a Cabin -Preikestolen Norway

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Norway – Where lakes touches mountains, mountains touches sky and the sky touches lakes !!! All of it together touches the tranquillity that prevails around you when you are in Norway.

On a summer bank holiday in August, me and Ash, along with two dearest friends(Nammi & Marcus) set off to Norway. We planned to stay in a cabin in PreikestolenĀ as we were on a budget trip and other motive was to try something different and get connected to surroundings.

We took off the keys from the youth hostel reception, she gave us a direction for a small walk into the forest to get to our wooden cabin, they call it Veslebu or The Little Red Cabin. She warned us for couple of things-

1. You are own your own in that cabin as there is no other cabin nearby.
2. You have to use a compost toilet as there is no modern toilet facility down there in the forest. So basically you use the gravel to dig in sand and cover the poop. LOL I know it doesn’t sound cool, isn’t it?
3. There are no bathrooms, so either you take a dip in the river nearby or walkĀ back to use hostel’s bathroom.
4.There is no heating but you have an old fireplace and chimney in the house to keep yourself warm. There are logs there, if not sufficient, you can choose to go out in forest and pick those dry wood. All you need is skills.

This information was good enough to feel the adventure that was coming along the way. I was excited to see this cabin and spend a night there.

It was a beautiful walk down to cabin, passed through some boggy lands, a tiny bridge, into woodlands and final in front of cabin.

My first reaction- Oh my God!! I have never seen such a beautiful place and I am getting a chance to spend a night here- In the lap of mother nature.

I am sure the photos below will prove my point :

View from the Preikestolen Reception.

View from the Preikestolen Reception.

The Red Cabin

The Red Cabin

Outside Cabin- A view to die for.

Outside Cabin- A view to die for.

Sky, Mountains, Rivers

Sky, Mountains, Rivers

Pure Reflections

Pure Reflections

Thanks to my dear hubby who captured all these moments to cherish for lifetime.

Well after clicking pictures, we unpacked. Started cooking, lit the fire, had a good card games and a lot to talk.

To our luck it was a clear sky that night. In night it was mountains, rivers, sky and Us gazing at the stars šŸ™‚

Day came to end with a bottle of wine, it was time to go to bed because next morning we were to hike The Pulpit Rock.

Anyone visiting Preikestolen, I will recommend you to stay at this cabin for a different & amazing night –Ā http://www.stavanger-turistforening.no/cabin.php?ca_id=2009Ā Do let me know if you need any further details. It is worth every penny.

While writing this blog, I was overwhelmed looking at the pictures and asked Ash to plan a visit again.

Ash Enjoying Kayking alone in this beautiful World!!

Ash Enjoying Kayking alone in this beautiful World!!