In honor of Earth Hour that took place last Saturday, we decided to head out into the dying light. We had done a 5 km Nature Walk earlier that day but for some reason we seemed to have double the usual energy – so why not another destination! A quick googling resulted in various new destinations for the Summer but for Saturday’s second trip we chose Halsvuori, a rock formation not too far from Jyväskylä. Google Maps suggested Halsvuorentie, which was a good indicator but that road wasn’t meant for cars, at least not in the Winter. The formation is located on the right hand side of Halsvuorentie when approaching from Leppävesi. This destination is not marked in any way nor have they put up any guideposts. A hint for how to approach the formation can be found here (that or just type in Halsvuorentie into Google Maps). So we had to make a u-turn and look for a parking spot – and we found one, near the exit to a smaller road heading to a sandpit. We wanted to see the formation from below so we walked along Halsvuorentie. A snow mobile had paved a sturdy walkway for us to take before the a few sets of footprints diverted into the woods. The place seems to be well-known.
It got dark really fast but we didn’t mind because we had chosen not to be afraid of it. We also decided that we would come back during daytime to get a better look of the rock formation. After all, the purpose of this trip was to take a few star pictures for Earth Hour. The reason these photos look like they were taken during the day is purely technical (long exposure and f-stop) as it was almost pitch black in reality. Our eyes gradually got used to the dark but I kept my head lamp switched on, so mine had trouble adjusting. I was positive that the forest was full of beasts and murderers and a head lamp, as we all know, is the most effective weapon against both.
Not unlike on our trip to Hitonhauta, we felt pretty damn small. I personally love big rocks. I want to press my cheek against its cool and coarse surface, I’ve collected pebbles from my trips and I think granite kicks diamonds’ ass. I’ll never forget the field trip to Emäsalo, Porvoo when I walked the rocky shore and climbed on top of a huge boulder. The wind from the sea was trying it’s best to knock me over. I suppose I’m more of a stone-hugger. I’ve never been into rock-climbing but standing before that sleeping giant one had to wonder what it would be like to scale that stone wall. Maybe after I’ve lost some weight and gained some speed – after all, I’ve already done some climbing indoors. Halsvuori has hooks all over its surfaces and from what I gather, it’s pretty popular as a rock-climbing destination.
As I’m writing this, we’ve already had the pleasure of visiting Halsvuori twice, so get ready to read about it later this week! You should go and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get the link to the new posts!