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Enter Winter

Winter has been making its flamboyant entrance in the capital area for the last few days, creating some trouble again in Helsinki downtown, and on the roads and sea, with snow being blown all around in the high wind, and eventually covering everything under a calming white blanket, tens of centimeters thick.

These long awaited scenic changes, followed by a temperature drop towards the weekend, put a night out on the menu to get the winter activities kickstarted, and together with Mikko and Karsten, we headed out for an overnighter in Nuuksio national park on Saturday. Entering Nuuksio, and heading towards Holma-Saarijärvi lean-to to spend an evening around the campfire, views were not quite like just a week ago when I was hiking with my daughter in the same surroundings:

Keravanjoki Reloaded

What to do when skis are all tuned up and ready, but snow refuses to show up? With temperatures mostly above zero degrees celsius and rivers still flooding, I opted to pull out the packraft (which I had already cleaned and stored for winter after the last trip once more, to go and check what else (aside of bushwhacking) Keravanjoki has to offer.

Wacky Creek

Every now and then there comes a chance to do something slightly different, inordinary, silly even. As it has been quite a rainy autumn here in Espoo, many of the small rivers and creeks have grown in volume lately, allowing some rare opportunities for a days paddle.

Following last week’s downpours a plan was set by Janne to visit Myllypuro in Nuuksio, to find out if one can actually paddle this tiny creek. As usual, it didn’t take much to get me interested, and early Saturday morning I was sharing a bus ride with Janne and Tiina towards Kattila. From there it was a short hike to the creek, and journey downstream could start.