Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. - Pat Conroy
For this spring and summer I gave myself two promises and so far I have kept them quite well. First promise was to get back on to my mountain bike and ride with it as much as possible and my second promise was to take my camera with me as much as possible and take pictures of things that might not seem as important. I hope that combining these two will at the end give a wonderful result, as well as keep me healthy and improve my skills. Since I am determined to use only manual settings on my camera then these pictures might not look the best but I'll hope you enjoy this article.
But since I do like to tell stories anyway then I have decided to share my journey with you. Every once in a while I will post some stories of it over here, as well as my photography group #TheFocusZero
Path around the lake with bog surrounding it
This time I had an opportunity to take my mom and my grandma to a little trip around one of the lakes we have about 80 kilometers away from my home town, called Kaisma lake. Since the lake isn't that big (140,4 hectares or 356 acres) then we decided to hike around the lake with a distance around 6 kilometers or a bit more. Although my grandma is almost 80 years old, she was still happy and excited to take this trip with us plus the weather was quite nice as well, giving a little extra bonus to our trip.
We knew that there should be a path around the lake but we didn't know how good it would be, so we geared up for the worse and began our journey. It later turned out that this path wasn't that bad at all, but since most of the lake is surrounded by bog, then it was naturally a little wet.
Second part of the path in a bog
On our way around the lake we found that nature can sometimes be so different in a small area. First part went trough a big pine forest giving us a beautiful and majestic view with blooming bushes and too many anthills to count. These trees protected us from the sun and it was nice and cool to walk around.
Second part of the path went trough a bog. If you have seen bog before then you know how it is. Many small trees about your height, usually pines that never grow bigger and water or wet moss all around you. Since there weren't any real paths either then we were glad that our footwear was wisely selected. Around autumn you can find many great berries from there, if you know what to look for.
And the third and final part of the path went trough a birch forest where we found many blooming flowers.
Final part of the path with birch forest
Sometimes it is good to go outside and to just walk around and this was definitely one of these occasions. Although this lake is quite popular because of the fish you can get from here, it is still mostly untouched. But locals around the lake seem to love this place and with their own time and resources they have build many benches and walkways around the lake for easier access, so that all could enjoy it.
Flowers and plants around the lake
Around this time of the year you can also find many beautiful flowers and plants around the lake. Many of them only grow in wet places like this and bloom only for a short time.
At the end of this journey all three of us were a bit exhausted but happy that we decided to take this trip. It wasn't a long path to take but if you have to walk in a water most of the time then it can still exhaust you. I was definitely happy that I had taken my mountain bike a bit more seriously this year because my legs didn't even feel a thing. And if we all could take this trip then you can definitely go out as well and do something similar. Don't stay home, go out and explore!
Me with my fancy footwear at the end of this trip
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