Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hiking to the goat pastures

We woke up to drumming rain.

"Who cares?" we laughed. 

It was our chance to hike to the high pastures and we weren't going to miss it.

First you suit up, then climb in a rib boat and cruise through the fjords.

The clouds hung low over the water and our tiny boat sped past seals, porpoises, and sea birds.

Near the tiny village of Undredal, we climbed out at Skjerdal's farm dock and hiked through the apple orchard.

We'd left the wet suits behind and rain was already dripping down our necks.

"Who cares?" was the refrain of the day.
With so much to look at, it really didn't matter.

Up through the forested hillside...

Along goat paths where the rivulets ran over our hiking boots.
Thank goodness for sturdy boots!

I looked over the shoulder of a damp goat and there, far below was one of the farms we had passed. 
There is a little guest house on this farm where one can rent a dreamy hideaway in summer. 
Oh, to visit here for longer!

These are the goats whose milk has made the cheese that brings home the gold and silver medals.

And if you had been sitting in the goat shed with us, munching cheese and sandwiches and even goat sausage (poor billy goats... they don't give milk so instead they turn into delicious sausage!)

Soaked to the skin but what sights!
Even the humblest of sheds is heaven when you are munching gourmet cheeses after a long hike.

 Don't I look glamorous in my $1 thrift store poncho?
I was glad to have it, and the only ones to see me were the goats and the three other soggy hikers!

I hope you will get the chance to visit Norway and hike the fjords, too.
Even in the rain there is endless inspiration.


Jane LaFazio said...

gorgeous photos!! My husband is from Norway too. So glad you took your camera so we could enjoy your trip too!

Sharon Hermens said...

Oh! My! Sharyn. You did not disappoint us!!! Awesomeness abounds!!! Can't wait to see more!!!

Kathleen said...

Wow. Wow. And WOW! These are just beautiful! Thank you for bringing Norway to us on a cheese laden platter! :)

BTW - I saw Derek in Boston this weekend so if your ears were burning it was because we were singing your praises!

Jeri Landers said...

Super fantastic! I can almost smell the air And the goats! What a fabulous place it is, I am so happy you are there taking it all in and sharing it with us. It is raining here in TN, and we have goats too... but it isn't quite the same as what you are experiencing in that wonderland.

jone hallmark said...

you are living a dream, dear Sharyn, though I know you are quite aware of it....

all I can say is

thanks for sharing such extraordinary beauty, really....

and, if your photos are this gorgeous, I can hardly imagine these views in person... xo

Sharyn Sowell said...

Kitty said...

So glad it's been an awesome trip. Can't wait to see some of the artwork that it has inspired! Looking forward to talking soon. Enjoy those last few days!