I´ve been watching few clips of the new Moomin series which was just released. When my son was small we used to watch the older version, made in the 1990´s all the time. One day in June 2010 while traveling in Lapland with my parents, we had already had a fun day hiking on Pallas fells. My son was nearly five years old. We started driving the road circling the other side of the Pallas fells. At that time, if my son saw a sign of a walking path or a national park or anything similar, an immediate scream came from his car seat. Stop, I want to go walking! We had already walked many kilometres that day so all the adults were a little sceptic when the scream came. But my son was still looking really energetic so we stopped. We were changing our shoes before starting and my mom asked for the last time from my son. -Are you sure you are not too tired to walk? We have all ready walked so much today? He gave my mom this look like she just doesn’t get it, turned on his heels, started walking the path and yell in a very calm voice to us: “I’m a wanderer”. It´s a line that Snufkin says in one of the episode when Moomin mamma asked him is he all right hiking that long.
The path was a short, 3,5 kilometres long, circle road called Pyhäjoen luontopolku. Little river flows next to the path. We soon came to this really beautiful place filled with ferns just about to open for the summer. The pale green colour surrounded the forest was really beautiful and I still remember very well my little fellow walking in the middle of it way a head of us. Bird cherries were blossoming and some of them bent over the path.
Tha path also run by a little lake. We had some rain drops on our jackets on the shore but it didn´t start to rain. All the spring flowers which had all ready blossomed at home were now blooming in Lapland like kingcups and cloudberry. A little swamp we walked by was full of the delicate white cloudberry flowers. When we got closer to road again the path walked through this little meadow area where junipers grew together with meadow flowers. The area is taken care by the Metsähallitus, otherwise it would be growing bushes and trees after some years. The field was used by the Pallasjärvi forest keeper long time ago.
Afterwards we have driven past this place so many times and never stopped but next time we will! It´s such a pretty place. Spring is not so popular time to visiti Lapland because the weather can be unpredictable but I love the season when nature starts to wake up after the long winter. Soon that time will be here again…