Autumn nights are getting dark earlier and earlier. I love it because now I can lit candles everywhere inside and outside the house. But at the same time, now you have to remember the shorter days when planning outdoor activities in the evening.
Few weeks ago we went grocery shopping in the town of Parkano, they have some more shops there than in our home town, so we go there every once in a while. This time we suddenly had an idea to walk through a little nature path in the Parkano forest museum area. It´s a small place where it’s shown how they used to timber the forests and stuff like that. We had to be kind of fast since the dusk was all ready showing. (and excuse me for the not so good pictures, I only had my phone camera)
The museum area is located few kilometers north from Parkano and the main buildings are open only during summer so it was quiet there. The few kilometer path goes first in a forest and then along a lake. Little after the start there was a little swamp where I could have stayed the whole time. There were lot of cranberries! Unfortunately I didn’t bring any cup or anything to collect them so I just had to eat all I could and be on my way. Or eat the ones I could get to before my dog. She loves them too and since it’s hard for her to get them from the grass and the moss , she just follows me and tries to eat from exactly the same place where I’m picking them.
When we reached the lake the sun was setting down and the lake was calm. There´s a little forest church or something like that on the little cliff at the shore on a very pretty place. The water level was really low so we could easily walk on the shore cliffs that are often covered in water. At the shore before returning to the museum area there’s a lean-to and a fireplace which you can also reach with a wheelchair.
When we walk back to our car the darkness had surrounded us so we had exactly enough time to spend on the path. I love these little trips we can make in the middle of the week without planning, it gives me energy and some change for everyday routines. We have been making these trips to some wetlands during this autumn to find cranberries but this ain’t good year for any berries , due the dry summer.
Happy Autumn and waiting for the winter to come!