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  • Time to go to northernmost Lapland for a week with a poet friend. We shall trek in pathless and internetless wilderness in the area of Muotkatunturit (Muotka fells) and sleep in a tent.

    The area is famous for its big beasts. There are most wolverines in Finland wandering in that area. And lots of bears, also. Wolverines kill reindeers and leave their carcasses laying in fellsides. Because of reindeer carcasses there are exceptional amount of golden eagles circling above, too.

    My friend takes a bear bell with him. I take my notebook and pen. Maybe I get an idea or two for future use. We both have Mora knifes. They are no use against bears but you can always gut trout with them.

    There are over 1200 kilometres up to our starting point and I haven’t driven a car for nearly 20 years. Right now I’m more nervous of cars & gas pedals & break pedals than of bears and wolverines.

    That reason for nervousness is going to change in a couple of days, I know.

    My son, Havu, made a twig reindeer to keep eye on my backpack. I think my antlered guard should keep special eye on twig eagles stalking in the sky.

    It may snow a lot, it may rain a lot, it may shine a lot. Temperatures can be freezing, streams can flood themselves to rivers and we have to cross them somehow. Wilderness is unpredictable, and weather in northern fells changes very fast.

    So, until next week and a half, bye my Cowbird friends. Wish me luck and good sense of direction. I will follow call of the wild.
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