Pursuing your dreams

Dreams are a bit like geocaching, you have a goal and just need to figure out how to get there.

A while ago I wrote about having a bucketlist and I listed some caches that I’d really want to visit and show to my son if I was given the opportunity. Well, I figured out that the opportunity will not just be given, it had to be taken.

After our short road trip to southern Sweden, while my son was away at the short stay away home, I packed our rucksacks and planed the drive. We were going to visit GCGWED, Njupeskär Vattenfall! Number three on our bucketlist!

An early morning we left home and a 6 hours drive and 4 hours hike with a 300+ feet climb and 20 kg in my rucksack we arrived at our “basecamp” by the lake Rösjön. We had a wonderful hike even if we had to break up half a day earlier than expected. In the end I think we walked 30-35 km, sometimes in really bad terrain, during the 48 hours we spent on our adventure.

In the end I think that a new world opened up for us, I need to tweak our hiking gear a little with a portable toilet that I can carry outside my rucksack, but other than that I don’t think there is anything that can stop us from longer hikes into the wilderness of Sweden.

Now on to plan next adventures. We have Thailand in March and I’ll see if I can bring my son to Boston in June but there is so much time to fun things in untill then … and then there is the ultimate journey to plan, the one that my wife just shakes her head at when I bring it up 🙂

Our Basecamp

Our Basecamp

Plenty of cloudberries around to eat while we were walking.

Plenty of cloudberries around to eat while we were walking.

Terrain slowed us down at some places.

Terrain slowed us down at some places.

Geocaching in the evening. This is close to 10pm while we are on our way back to basecamp.

Geocaching in the evening. This is close to 10pm while we are on our way back to basecamp.

Don't know why but people enjoy building with stones.

Don’t know why but people enjoy building with stones.

On our way to visit the waterfall once we got down from the mountain again.

On our way to visit the waterfall once we got down from the mountain again.

Thats about 90 meters of falling water.

Thats about 90 meters of falling water.

This is probably the picture with worst quality but that has the most to tell. This picture is what told me that my son enjoyed our adventure and even if I'm still limping it was totally worth it.

This is probably the picture with worst quality but that has the most to tell. This picture is what told me that my son enjoyed our adventure and even if I’m still limping it was totally worth it.

Bucket List

Everyone should have a bucket list over things they want to accomplish before its “Game Over”. My bucket list helps me keeping focus on why I’m trying to get in shape. My bucket list contains places I’d like to visit with my son and, this is the important part, document the trip to that place with photos, text and other souvenirs that can be made into some sort of scrapbook. My plan is to have the scrapbooks as a way to revisit those memories once we get older and can’t go on adventures like we can today. I’ve chosen geocaches as the representation of the area or place and only in my home country at the moment but I plan on expanding the list to contain places I’d like to visit from the whole world. If you know of a truly breathtaking spot, interesting geography or history, magnificent nature or just a #havetovisitoneceinalifetime place let me know. Now on to the list:

  1. Viking Cache. This is a historically important place in Sweden where Christianity came into contact with Vikings at the trading post named Birka. From the excavations we have learnt a lot about the complex trading networks that the Vikings used. The place is classed as a world heritage by UNESCO and it’s just one of those places you need to visit if you live in Sweden and are interested in history.Birka
  2. Kebnekaise Base Camp. Kebnekaise is the highest mountain in Sweden and I’m not sure we would be able to climb it if we tried but I’m quite confident that we would manage the hike to the base camp and back. Breathtaking nature, considered a “must do” by many in Sweden. The area is representative for the world heritage “Laponia Area”.kebnekajse
  3. Njupeskär Vattenfall. Swedens highest waterfall located in the Fulufjället National Park. Another place with magnificent nature. Quite easily accessible and not too far from home.Njupeskar
  4. Gotska Sandön. A small island located north of Gotland. The island is mostly composed of sand and partly covered with pine forest. Another of nature’s gems.GotskaSandon
  5. Kartografens mur. A strange wall standing on Stora Alvaret on Öland. Alvaret is a biological environment based on a limestone plain with thin or no soil and, as a result, sparse grassland vegetation. In other words another special biotope worth visiting. Stora Alvaret on Öland is also classed as a world heritage by UNESCO.alvar
  6. Store Mosse Earth cache. A marshland close by where I was born many years ago. Store Mosse is a paradise for birds and offers plenty of hiking on footbridges through the wetlands with small and crooked pine trees.StoreMosse
  7. The Spear God. Another world heritage. This time it’s a historical heritage made up by rock carvings in Tanum. There is thousands of carvings from the Scandinavian bronze age in the area.Tanumshede
  8. Världsarv 14. Located far north in Sweden is one of the points on Struves Geodetic Arc. The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km, which yielded the first accurate measurement of a meridian. Världsarv is the Swedish word for world heritage so you guessed right if you thought this was one of UNESCO’s world heritages.bauer
  9. High Coast – Sweden Earthcache. Since the last ice age the land of the High Coast has risen 800 m, which accounts for the unusual landscape with tall cliff formations. Classed as a world heritage by UNESCO.Höga_Kusten

This list will probably change and mutate in different ways but one thing is sure, there will always be a list.