26. August 2021
Day 83: The Easy Way
Vitsjön to Södra Kroksjön
Neither as much rain nor as much wind as expected during the night. And by the time I am about to leave, it's dry. Nevertheless, I'm dressed in my rain gear. If I wouldn't, Mr Murphy would make sure that I get hammered by rain. And this would be a pain in the ass. Stopping and putting on the rain gear after a couple of minutes.
Hiking is easy. Very sandy soil, a pleasure for my feet. Also the scenery is great as the path is following several small lakes. Plenty of fishermen waiting patiently in the rain for their dinner to bite the hook. Or whatever it's called. I still haven't learnt how to fish.
At one point, I find a sweet shortcut through a nature reserve. Saves me from an hour walk in the rain. No idea why the official trail is making a big loop around it. Anyway, this shortens my day considerably and I make it to my vindskydd by 14:00. There's no other shelter within reach today and with the bad weather, I'm glad for an early finish. Going the easy way.
Speaking of the "easy way": I walked past a sign this morning, giving me the option for an easy way. Being on a long distance hike, I usually follow the more or less easiest way. No need to make an already long hike longer. Especially on a wet day like today. Maybe it's not always the prettiest one but eventually there's a goal to achieve. If I would climb every mountain on the way, detour for every waterfall, I'd still be in Finmark. While it would certainly be an option for a different kind of hiking, for me, I definitely prefer the easy way on such a long distance walk.