Finally we reached it!
We have just come back after an hour and half walk this morning. I trusted the hunters wouldn’t come today since tomorrow is the last day for field hare hunting and the hunting leader said that would be their last hunting day for the season. They’ve never had the energy to go out two days in a row before so I guessed that would be tha fact today as well. So off we went to walk up-stream the creek. To my big surprise I saw foot prints in the snow that fell yesterday that showed that my neighbor was out walking.
We have normally been out for rather long before he gets up in the morning 🙂 So we met him after a short while and his cat Salmiak had followed him on his walk this morning. Salmiak almost walked in to my cottage yesterday evening so I thought he wouldn’t be especially afraid of meeting my dogs. Well he wasn’t happy and climbed way up in a pine 🙂 As soon as we had passed him he climbed down though. We continued on our walk and I looked for tracks from all animals that might have been out walking during the night. Very few had. I saw some from hares, a fox had passed the road and a moose too, no wolves though.
Instead of walking over to the other side of the creek as we have been doing the latest times we continued up-streams to the place where we met the wild hogs and beyond that. The problem is that when one comes to the point where the creek makes a sharp turn the ground gets swampy and normally it’s problematic to continue any further there but not today. The night had been enough cold to freeze the ground and the ice was sort of rubbery. It didn’t break but sort of slowly give in to our weights. We jumped over a ditch and after that we could continue out on the bog. So instead of breaking the ice we sort of slowly sank downwards. There are no deep holes there, just very muddy so we continued out on the bog, perhaps 50-100 meters (much the same in yards).
We stopped there because it was even more swampy out there and the ice wasn’t that rubbery. We could have continued along the creek though and passed that hunting tower but I wasn’t sure if Hector would be able to walk any more today if we did, so we turned back home. We followed the creek and went out to the fields to where the electric fences stopped us and walked home over ground barely walkable since the wild hogs had worked hard in them 🙂
It is slightly foggy here today and I can only hope the fog will thicken much more until our next walk. I’ve ordered more 135mm film for my Edixa camera and I took a look at my old Minolta and I think I might be able to clean it up so I can use it again. I need new batteries to it though and there is a roll of film in it, I wonder what I’ve taken photos of though. The last time I used it I still had my garden center 🙂 It’s time for a pot of Canadian coffee and something to eat, I haven’t had breakfast yet and it is almost five hours since I went up 🙂
Have a great day!