Day 6: June 18 – Stamsund > Myrland > Utakleiv

Today was forecasted to be quite questionable weather, but it turned out to be very good.  This morning was a chance for everyone, except Merle to catch up on some sleep.  Merle was up and out walking around the town shortly after 7:00.  I didn’t wake up until 8:20; Keith and Barbara were still in bed at 10:00, so Merle woke them up.

Merle and I went to the grocery store to stock up on whatever else we needed for a couple of days.  After breakfast, we finally got out and moving about 11:30.  We took the scenic route to Leknes, toward Sennesvik and over the mountain.  The view from the top is great, so we stopped there for at least an hour to get some shots, which involved following the sheep path for a little way up the side of the mountain.  The next stop was Leknes, but only long enough to pick up some wine at the Vinmonopolet (= LCBO) for our Wednesday evening dinner with Ingbritt and Bjørn-Arne.  

I decided that today’s main photo stop would be the beach at Myrland.  I had spent quite a bit of time there last fall, both during daylight hours and to catch the Aurora Borealis, but I’ve never taken any photographers there.  There have never been any other people there when I was there and, other than a motor home pulling out when we arrived, it was the same today.  We spent a couple of hours there photographing the waves, trying different techniques, and a waterfall and small stream running down to the ocean.  The sky was blue and the clouds were great, so it was time well spent.

Myrland Surf

Waterfall at Myrland

We arrived back at the rorbua shortly after 6:00, again taking another scenic route around the mountain and through Steine.  Dinner tonight was kjøttkaker (= meat cakes/sorta like hamburger) with a brown sauce, potatoes, carrots and a salad.  Everyone chipped in to prepare the meal and the clean-up after.

We headed out again about 7:30 and drove to Utakleiv, one of my favourite spots that I’ve been going to for many years.  Getting there involves driving along the coast then through a tunnel at Haukland, another white, sandy beach.  In the past, there’s been an honour system for paying a small amount to take the short road to the beach and for parking.  Many people pull in there with their motorhomes and there are always campers there.  It’s a very popular place for viewing the midnight sun.  Now, however, there’s a parking machine and it costs NOK 40 for 3 hours.  I was annoyed at first, and no doubt the locals are, but it’s understandable.  Someone, besides the sheep eating the grass, keeps the place looking pretty good and I must say, the tourists are very good at not spreading garbage around.

A Beautiful Evening at Utakleiv

We spent a couple of hours at Utakleiv and arrived back at the cabin shortly after 11:00.

It was a really good day.  Tomorrow’s plan will depend on the weather, which is forecasted to not be really great.  Oh well, there’s no bad weather, just bad clothes.

The pictures are coming….really!

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