Friday, July 31, 2020
Well, it is a turn. And I was desperate.
I've joined a group of avid skiers who wish to ski all the time. Well, at least every month. I've probably missed a few over the years, even if I have done a lot of summer skiing. But I won't miss any further ones! It is July 31, and time to find a turn, somewhere, anywhere!
Anyway, back to my skiing. This is a pile of snow outside the ice skating hall in Kauniainen. What a temptation, despite the forbidden-this-or-that signs. Obviously, I was unable to resist... and I really LOVED those turns. Or turn. One at a time for each run :-)
Thursday, July 30, 2020
If this cave wasn't next to Torhola's great karst cave, it would be remarkable. Now, it is largely ignored.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Today's swim was at the Träskbyträsket ("lake village lake"). Nice swim. The only thing was ... that the lake is in the middle of nowhere, and as I approached it, it became apparent that is surrounded by a swamp. Getting wet before getting wet in the lake.
Träskbyträsket is near Långvik, Kirkkonummi, far south from the main roads. Take the Hirsala road for the drive towards Långvik.
Coordinates: N 60.09429 E 24.54138.
Be careful out there. This is a not an easy place to go to, or necessarily a safe lake to swim at.
Tuesday was difficult. The first place that I attempted to swim at in Matinkylä was signposted as having the dangerous blue-green algae in the water. And there was plenty of it, slushing green slime throughout the water. The same in the next spot... and the third. Or, there was a sign, but water actually seemed clear, so I did swim.
The second spot was the Hanikka beach, also in Espoo's seafront. The third place was also there, but slightly to the west: Soukanranta beach. I might not have swam otherwise, but there was someone else who was already swimming and she said she hadn't observed any algae.
Just in case, I swim only quickly, and then later showered carefully. That stuff can actually be dangerous.
Coordinates: N 60.13562 E 24.65134.
This is what it looked like in Matinkylä:
Monday, July 27, 2020
Ralf and I wanted to dip into the lake after a sweaty hike where we searched for possible new caves. Hiidenvesi was on the way... it looked nice, but I had never really stopped there. We went to the water... and found (eek!) oil barrier snakes drying on land. Maybe swim on other side of the peninsula?
That swim wasn't all that great either, it was in a boat storage place and the water didn't seem all that fresh-smelling there either. But we managed to swim anyway. Now that I look at the pictures, I wonder if the black thing in the water is oil.
Anyway, one more swim day down, one new place, and dust and sweat washed away. Ok. And, maybe, skin oiled?
Coordinates where we swam: N 60.36370 E 24.16691.
One of the most well-known recreation areas in the Helsinki region is Espoo's Luukki. Too well known, perhaps, too many people, crowds. But when I visited Luukki on a grey evening, I found absolutely no one else there. A peaceful, calm lake. Oh, and a parking police checking my own car was properly parked :-) It was.
The swim was very peaceful, and the beach was appropriately sandy, yet the environment was full of green trees and grass. Bliss!
Coordinates for the beach are N 60.31327 E 24.69499.
A beach far in the south... of Espoo's Suvisaaristo :-) It is late, it is starting to rain, and there's no one on the beach. Nice.
The water is fresh and refreshing. Mission accomplished!
Coordinates: N 60.12445 E 24.70716.