Blekinge Järnavik 061225-26 So there was still a trip to the Blekinge before the end of the year ..
I was pretty tired on Christmas morning when Robbie came and picked me up, and when we stood and loaded Kajka down at the club in the gray mist, I wondered if there really was such a good idea this ..
But then when we got up to Järnavik sun was shining, no wind and only a few degrees below zero. Erik and Pia was already in place and having packed food and clothes (many clothes ..) We paddled out through the harbor and headed due south.
Unpack kayaks in Järnavik
Robbo outside Tjärö
Erik at Björkholmen
We passed Tjärö southern tip, went to Skiftesön and through the narrow channel between Skiftesholmen, to then round the cape at Allböle where we met Martin, and Linda and their friends (who introduced himself very politely, but I still managed to forget the name ..). Hursom, it was a nice chat in the sunshine. Martin also had to honor the day has taken on the helröda kick the suit - certainly no empty hood but otherwise very fitting!
Refreshments at Allböle
Robbo, Eric and Pia at Boköfjärden
After coffee, we continued to clear Bockö, where Eric showed some nice camping sites, then on the Joggesö and Brorsö, inside Haro, and around the east side of Tärnö into the large bay on the south side.
It becomes dark quite early this time of year but we could just get up the tents before the sun went down.
In Tarnos southern tip
A cup of coffee while you unpack - sunset between Hano and Lister Main
We walked a short walk to the almost deserted village across the island to get up the heat a bit before we started with the food.
Eric o Pia had somehow managed to get quite a lot bag dry and fine wood in kayaks (had been doubtful with additional matches in my ..) so we had a nice fire to sit o talk about during the evening. Robbie began as usual yawn already at eight plate while the rest of us lucky enough to keep us close to nine.
It was a bit cool in my sleeping bag ..
A little windy at the top ..
When we woke up on Boxing Day, it was gray and windy but the clouds had at least made the temperature crawled above zero.
After breakfast, we decided to go a long round on the island. First up to the lighthouse on the hill and around among all the old military bunkers, then back through the village, to finish with a swing in (with an emphasis on in - it was pure obstacle course) thicket on the western side.
Erik finds the big bunker
Walk around Tarnos western tip
When we got back we packed up our belongings o Pack and got in the kayaks around twelve.
The westerly wind had begun to build up a little lake so we decided to take the same route home, if possible, get as much shelter as possible behind Tärnö. The first bit before the point we had enough up the meter in from the side, but then calmed both waves and wind down.
Snack on Bockö
We paddled north outside Harö against Bockö, where we had lunch in Lavik on the east side. Then some waves around Allböle, further toward Dragsö and then through the west side of Tjärö before we came back to Järnavik.
It was not quite as comfortable as the day before but it was still a little hard to imagine that it was actually the middle of winter ..
Always nice to get out for a weekend, especially now that you almost thought the season was over. Good company and nearly perfect weather did not make things worse.
Possibly sleeping bag should be upgraded a little bit more next time - it went double underwear and extra shirts ..
13 +13 km.
Eric o Pia has also written about the tour on their website.