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|The snow cave, or our spare bedroom as it became known, was so successful that we made a bathroom as well. Nothing compares to a hot shower in sub-zero temperatures after a day of cross-country skiing. The shower is good for your balance too; if you stumble and fall into the snow you will (if you survive the initial cardiac arrest) move about like a tightrope artist for weeks.|
|We had some good, long skiing trips in the mountains. It was still quite cold, but we carry what it takes to stay warm and happy. The kids have literally grown up in these bags. If cold they just crawl into the bag and close all openings. After a minute or two to thaw their lips they emerge like this.|
The month of May always seems to blow away. We spend a lot of time birding in May, and then there is our constitution day on the 17th
, - and finally Robin's birthday. At his party we have always cut and served pizza with an authentic pirate's sword. (The general opinion is it improves taste and overall quality...).
This year I got some dry ice and told the kids the sword would sing if the blade was held against the ice. Nobody believed me, so I gave a quick demo, and again said anyone could do it. Still nobody believed me. Erik Benjaminsen was the first to try. Much to his surprise, the sword started singing.
|For ten years we have spent our summer holidays at Skorgedalen, and as time goes by we realise this area has so much to offer that we may never be able to say, "We have done Romsdalen". We saw this waterfall for the first time this summer, in spite of the parking lot being just a few hundred metres away.|
|And - there is always another peak to be climbed. This summit was the last around the Skorgedalen itself to be conquered by the Murrays.|