A good night’s sleep

After returning from our through-hike along the Swedish mountain range I ponder the shelters that we found providing protection from rain, wind, and bloodsucking bugs. We carried a tent and I find it amazing how little you need to get up and walk with a little food and a good night’s sleep.

A tent for Swedish mountain is always a compromise between weight, safety and comfort and I am glad we found a good balance and didn’t have to freeze too much.

That said, we slept inside whenever we could.

in fading sunlight,
to the rivilets murmur
we’re falling asleep

Our shelter with the Mårma range in the background

Today we are writing Haibun with Mish at dVerse and we are writing about shelter. For me, it was obvious that this could reflect the importance of a good shelter when we walked 1320 km in 60 days. We were very happy with our tent, but also with the cabin system in both Sweden and Norway, meaning we could get a sleep inside when the weather was worse than it was in the picture above.

The road we took

17 responses to “A good night’s sleep

  1. There’s a lovely flow of words and images in your haibun. Such a trip you took, and yes, I’m sure shelter was something you considered. It’s great the cabins and comfortable and readily available.

  2. An impressive accomplishment any which way you look at it. Cold I can take. Bloodsucking insects no way. I look at that map and have to hand it to you and your wife. Way to go, my friend.

  3. An amazing journey this must have been, Bjorn. Love the way this slid so easily into the Haibun topic. So glad you had a much deserved break from the duties of dVerse to take in all that nature offered you. Beautiful scenery and haiku!

  4. I imagine you would get a good night’s sleep after all that hiking, Björn! I haven’t slept in a tent for many years, but I remember it being a bit lumpy and hard on my back, but the equipment back then was not as high-tech and comfortable. In fact, when it rained, we got wet.

  5. Kudos and congrats; something to remember forever. OMG. that trek is like walking from Los Angeles to Seattle along the Sierras and Cascades; incredible feat. Not something one might do annually.

  6. I used to be a hike-camper, but those days are long gone. Thanks for brining me (us) along on your Odessey. Haibunilicious.

  7. Been a number of years since I slept in a tent — but I used to really enjoy it. I had pup tent I converted to easily pitch, and cover the wide center of my McKenzie River drift boat. When I would go way up into the Cascade Mountains to late evening trout fish one of the wilderness lakes, I had a small light cot that straddled the oar seat bow to stern. I would sleep shallow-anchored right on the water . The night breeze rolling small waves on the surface would rock me to sleep — and I didn’t have to worry about bear, or wolf, or mountain lion, or coyote disturbing me. loved it! 👍🏼 🙂✌🏼

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