Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Camping with the 3rd grade

What was I thinking? Pam organized an overnight trip for Anna's third grade class at a hytte out near Selbustrand, about an hour drive from Trondheim. We left the school at 9 a.m. and despite some sketchy maps we found the hytte, with a few surprises. The good surprise was that the hytte was huge, with full kitchen, dining hall, two living rooms, three sleeping rooms with 30 beds. The bad surprise is that there were plenty of patches of snow and the lake had large sheets of ice on the surface. So much for using my swim trunks I brought along!

After set up and spaghetti lunch, we took a long hike around the lake and up in the hills. The kids did lots of sledding on the snowy hills, climbed rocks, bounced on the springy marsh moss and enjoyed some great views. Back at the hytte we played games, went fishing, carved whistles and filled cups with pollywogs. After taco dinner it began raining, so we lit a fire inside and roasted marshmallows in the fireplace. The boys went fishing again while the girls did Zoomba in the rain. A few more games and snacks and singing a few songs while I played guitar, then off to bed.

7 a.m. the next morning we were at it again. Great breakfast, running around outside, their teacher organized a team photo shooting hunt, and then we cleaned and packed and headed back to the school.

I haven't been this tired in a long time! It was a very nice trip, Anna was very pleased.

Frog eggs! The kids also found zillions of tadpoles
Icy lake. Brrrrr.... It's June!
The camp hytte
Sledding in June
The camp from across the lake. Radar tower on the hill.
All kinds of interesting colored lichen

Rock climbing and sledding
Anna and friends on a rock ledge
Brilliantly colored moss
Anna burning marshmallows, her favorite way to cook them
Zoomba in the rain
We passed these sheep on the road on the way home

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