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Backyard Escapades: My Lucky Number 13 Hiking Adventure - Premium Private Guided Hikes

Updated: May 17

And so I have been on the thirteenth overnight stay on my challenge for the year: 52 Weeks of Wilderness: A Year of Adventure Camping and Hiking in the Stavanger Area, Norway

Minimum one overnight sleep in nature every week in 2024. 


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Sometimes the best adventures are hiding just beyond your backyard, and my thirteenth little journey this year is the perfect proof. Just a quick walk from where I live, there's this hidden stretch of land that's pretty quiet, especially because in the summertime, it's like a cow hotel with grazing cows and bulls everywhere. But in late March, these big, gentle creatures are still lounging in their winter homes, which means the area becomes a playground for someone like me who loves the wild.



Looking over the fjord, you can catch a glimpse of "The Island Horn," a beauty spot that's part of our premium private guided adventures. But on this day, it was all about the untamed, unscripted great outdoors calling my name. I hit the trail in the afternoon, greeted by a kind of spring light that makes everything look like a painting, and a sunset that swept the sky with brushes of soft colors. The air was so quiet, I could hear every little spring sound as clear as day – pure joy for someone who digs nature's tunes.



The water was like a mirror, showing off the sea trout's fancy flips and dashes in the shallow ends, their shiny scales catching the fading daylight. When evening crept in, I slung my hammock between two trees and got a little fire going. It was more about having company than needing the warmth. There I was, just hanging out under a sky as soft as velvet, the night alive with the crackle of the fire and the distant songs of the fjord.



The night had its funny little surprises, too. As the light dimmed, a daring deer figured I was part of the scenery and came way too close for comfort, giving me a bit of a jump – and probably giving itself a funny tale to share. And as I settled back, a wise old owl seemed to give its two cents about my fire skills with a series of hoots that sounded a lot like laughter.



This spur-of-the-moment adventure, a mere hop from my front step, turned into a story filled with chance encounters and the kind of peace you can only find in nature. It's a sweet reminder that the greatest show on Earth is right outside, and it's always free for the ones who choose to explore.


See you on the trail!!

Espen

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