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SOME THINGS WE DID
We crammed in a lot of activities during our week up north. Even though I could have easily turned into a slug, something about the early early sunshine got me going much faster than I would normally have liked managed. Simone was up in the early yawning every day, doing pilates on the cliffs and she and Anders took turns biking into town for fresh bread and breakfast rolls. We did most of the things on our list of things to do in the area, though we never did actually make it to Smögen.


Uri the Amur Tiger at Nordens Ark (photo: John Slaughter)


Lysekil Pier before going to Havets Hus Aquarium (photo: John Slaughter)

On Wednesday, Martin and I stayed home and read for an extra hour before packing up all the picnic and swimming stuff and driving over to Ramsvik Nature Preserve to meet the rest of the gang who had left by bike. They had a great time zooming all over the area...it's a very rocky flat area with gradually sloping stone down to the sea. There was at least one herd of cattle wandering freely nearby, and lots of waterfowl. Martin found a ton of dried and scattered crab carapaces and claws, which was all that was left of unlucky crustaceans dropped from flight to crack on the stones by hungry seagulls. We ate a picnic lunch sitting by Sotens Canal, waving at the boaters going by, and saw a meter-long black snok (Grass Snake). After lunch and some more maniac mountain-biking, we sat in the sun by the water, while Simone and the kids jumped in and swam around a bit. We have a bazillion photos of John, Simone, Anders and Karin biking around the rocks, though I only posted 2 here :)


Karin speeding through a puddle at Ramsvik (photo: Anders Ek)


Anders with Simone in the background (photo: John Slaughter)

After the swim, we decided to hike south to Nöt Island and then Trygg Island, which features a burial cairn for King Tryggve high up on a mountain. After climbing and riding up one mountain, where Simone crashed and banged up her knee, we reached the top only to discover that the cairn was actually on the NEXT mountain, but we still had to climb DOWN, cross a tidal mudflat and then go up again, whereupon we 3 girls bailed. The boys made the trek all the way up to the cairn, while we took a leisurely descent back down to level ground.


John & Martin paying their respects to King Tryggve (photo: Anders Ek)

In one little town we picked up a mini fishing rod with a clothespin clip on it for crabbing. Karin and Martin had a blast crabbing from the piers, using the ubiquitous mussel shells for bait. In the early evenings, the crabs were swarming the shallows: little green ones, medium-sized blue ones and big pinky-red ones. Each one that was fished up was deposited in a bucket and when we had 4 or 6 of them, we found a low rock with easy access to the water and turned the bucket over for crab races: first one to the water wins! The crabs were so fast that Anders could only get very blurry shots of them just as they zoomed into the sea with a splash!


Martin & Karin crabbing from the pier (photo: John Slaughter)


Arriba! Arriba! (photo: Anders Ek)
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mood: relaxed
music: CajsaStina Åkerström—Min Enda Vinge


Comments

You're making me want to visit Sweden.

That biking on the rocks! And that cairn! And that water! All just wow.

What are you waiting for?? (apart from the fact that we are heading in YOUR direction on Friday :D )

You're heading in my direction? Where will you be?

We'll be in Vaals, but it's a mini-reunion with my junior high girlfriends (and my family along), so I probably won't be able to get away to do anything else.

One of Tess' sisters lives in Vaals. It's pretty there. If you do have time, feel free to give me a ring. You never know. However, if not, till next time.

send me your phone number, I don't think I have your latest.

+31 (0)6 41275201

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

I love crabbing. We went to the Outer Banks in South Carolina years ago and the crabbing and the kayaking were my favorite parts. I don't think we were nearly as lucky as you though. From what I remember, we didn't catch anything, and if we did, it must not have been much.

Crab races!!! Holy hoot! Looks like it was a lot of fun for everyone...well, maybe not the crabs.

We didn't EAT them, at least! :D

Sounds like a perfect vacation!

Pretty darn near! :)

My favorite is the crab picture. It looks and sounds like a great family vacation.

It sounds like a fun time was had by all, except for Simone crashing and bashing.
When my daughters were recently in Mexico, they had a sort of crab invasion of the house they were renting. eek!

Simone was full of bruises! She got knocked over by a rolling car the week before they came as well, so her legs were really black and blue!

(Anonymous)

That terrain looks amazing! I know my husband would love biking there, and I think I would just love the mystery of being in the same area as a cairn. :) It looks like you all are having a magical vacation so far!
~ Bethany (http://www.coffeestainedclarity.com)

(Anonymous)

Er, *had* a magical vacation. I'm catching up on your entries in reverse order; sorry! (I finally read Karin's screenplay and am cracking up. That is awesome!)
~ Bethany

She's a hoot, that one. :)

We're still in the middle of our magical vacation. We leave Friday for a week in the Netherlands: can't wait!!

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