Pal of the National Park, part 3

Wednesday and Thursday were work days!

I think we did six hours of work every day, minus lunch breaks.

Painting started to feel like a routine, much like the visitation forms we gave to all passers by. The form was fairly long so only people drawn to such things took the time to fill them out. My kind of people.

Painting soon began to feel meditative.

You get lost in painting a tall straight wall, without a care in the world. And the small nooks and crannies needed such determination, you didn’t have time to worry about anything else.

The best thing, however, was the big pot of coffee that waited for us on our breaks. As we enjoyed our cups of Joe, people started pouring in from the direction of Sioskuru and we or course offered them some! All those confused looks turned to smiles made our day!

During the evening we visited the Pyhäkero Fell (my very first fell).

In August through September of 2016 we were volunteering at Pallas-Ylläs National Park. We applied a new coat of paint to several huts and other buildings, first in Hetta’s Pyhäkero and later around the vicinity of Pallaskota. Everything involving this particular experience can be found under the tag National Park Volunteers. That and The earlier adventure aka our first Lapland hike can be found here.

We’re heading back on June 2017 to clean up the Hannukuru wilderness hut and photographing the Ounastunturi fell area.


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