What do you know… we actually woke to sun! Blue skies, no wind and glorious sun! Oh… did I mention sun? Incredible! The energy from the solar body seem to translate directly into me. I feel so alive!! Our campsite was providing the perfect setting to enjoy it too, with 360 degree views och stunning peaks and valleys all around. Amazing how much the weather affects everything. We lingered a little extra, enjoying the day, drying a few things in the sun and hit the trail by ten.
The hike today went through two really beautiful valleys and past Bierikjávrre, one of Sarek’s most amazing glacial blue lakes. Fairly easy going due to a very well used trail for the most part. Almost felt a little like Kungsleden at times. We welcomed the easier hiking conditions though since we are both a bit worn and hurting in places. Unfortunately my right ankle is still quite bad. Keeping it wrapped and popping ibuprofen all day dulled the sharp stabbing pain in each step to a mere grinding ache which was manageable. Pushing on. We had to wade across three rivers today, made for a lot of unwrapping and wrapping, but that is life. None of the crossings were too difficult though, but one was quite wide, feet were almost numb by the time we made it across.
Stunning weather all day! Sarek presented in all its splendor! We were oh:ing and ah:ing and taking a million photos. I guess we used up all endorphins in one pop because we both felt kind of an energy dip after lunch which made the last part of the day a bit mentally rough. We were joking that we had already experienced so much beauty that we just could not possibly take any more in. In truth, it really felt that way. It is very strange the effect Sarek is having on me, quite emotional experience.
We got to our intended campsite and could find the lake marked on the map. It is either gone (dry) or the map is wrong. Even double checked on the GPS. We still found a beautiful camp spot, a bit further up in elevation with 180 degree magnificent views on one side and massive peaks on the other. Stunning! Fantastic end to a very special hike. Tomorrow will be a bit of haul out of here in to Saltoluokta. The original plan had been to catch a boat ride over lake Pietsjaure for at least half of the distance, but the season closed last week so we are hauling it.
I am definitely coming down with a cold though. My throat is a bit sore and the nose is stuffing up big time now that I lay down. Sigh. I try medicating with ginger & lemon tea, a gift from my friend, and I am already taking ibuprofen for my ankle. That will have to do, because it is all I have got.
I had the theme music from Kill Bill, the whistling (Twisted Nerve), stuck in my head all day. Yeah… a woman who kicks ass and survives just about anything. That’s me right now!