Chasing Sheep and Other Fun Activities in the Norwegian Mountains

by Satu Vänskä-Westgarth on July 8, 2013 · 8 comments

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The kind of activities I would like to be participating in and writing about this summer are quite far from what I’m actually tackling. White water kayaking, hiking the ten tops of our mountain region, finding new single tracks in the forest with my bike and scaring myself, and most likely blocking the way from the faster riders, on the local downhill bike course have all been out of my reach. Everything physical, fast or exciting, that let me test the boundaries of my strength and get my adrenaline levels running have had to give away to light yoga and naps.

As I have had to find alternative ways to enjoy the summer in the outdoors my husband has luckily been very good in humoring me. As he should be I suppose, as right now the burden (a happy kind in that) of the soon to be new arrival has solely been on me.

First thought that came to my mind when I saw this was “just do it”, although the little hut in this case is a mountain lavatory,  a “do” in Norwegian. 

Just DO it Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Staying close to home has been one requirement to all the undertaken activities as I am convinced this little one will arrive early. Wishful thinking, maybe, but you never know.

Hence we have gotten pretty good at going on small excursions in the local mountains. These have been the kind of outings where we have gotten out the door last-minute in the late afternoon, in time to cook a dinner on the cooker before it’s bedtime. And in the morning we’ve scarcely had time for breakfast and some activity before we have had to return down to the valley.

Chasing sheep has been a popular one when it comes to the preferred activities. No sheep were harmed in doing this, little miss Mini has just been tad over enthusiastic about her four-legged friends…

Norwegian sheep on the road I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

“Wait for meeeeee….”

Toddler Chasing Sheep I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Gentle bike-rides have been another favorite, we recently purchased a bike trailer and I have been pleasantly surprised how easy and effortless it is to pull along. Especially when the goal has been to get to the local mountain hotel serving freshly baked croissants. With chocolate inside…

Biking with toddler in Norway I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Sometimes we haven’t really got any further than a parking lot. Puddles have proved to be a huge success.

Playing in puddles I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

Splashing in puddles I @SatuVW I Destination Unknown

But all in all I have been happy just to get out and about!

It is four weeks to go to ’til the due date now, which means that it will be about ten weeks until I can start doing sport again, properly and in full speed, if our new family member arrives on time. Then it’s finally time to claim my body back, in what ever form it is possible and oh how I’m counting down the days!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures July 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Oh those last two pics are just too cute!

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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth July 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Thanks Andi! :)
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Katja of Skimbaco July 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Haha, just do it :) Incredible photos again Satu!! I’ve never driven one of those bike trailers, they look difficult to me. I think the only way I cold bike up those hills is the thought of the chocolate croissant as well… 😉
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth July 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

They are surprisingly easy to pull along! I was sure that in my present condition I wouldn’t be up for it, but it was no problem. Ah, now, talking about those chocolate croissants…. :)
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New Life in Spain July 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I love the pictures of the little one and the sheep 😀 It’s funny how sheep are so jumpy/afraid of humans, but will lie in the middle of the road not moving an eyelid when you drive up to them. Not until you get out of the car…then they start running!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth July 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I know! Although this summer we discovered that if you are just patient enough, they will actually come to you. At least sometimes. Miss Mini is usually SUPER excited when that happens and reacts with happy screams, which then sends them off running again… :)
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New Life in Spain July 31, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Haha, that is funny!
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