Traveling On A Budget & Keeping It Local

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, friends and followers in the good ‘ol U.S.A.!!!

I do apologize – my post schedule has dwindled a bit lately, due to a new project that I am very proud of.   I am starting my own business, helping others to write creatively for online brands.  Keeping that in focus,  it is important to be honest and share with my readers what’s happening here in Sweden!

I am an adventurer at heart, so it became clear that my entire life needed to shift to be able to fulfill my dreams of adventuring more.  Living outside the U.S. has offered me the benefit of exploration and tons of exciting new opportunities.

It is incredible that No Small Adventure(s) has grown to more than 900 followers total between this blog,  Instagram & Facebook.  I intend for this to be a give-back, non-profit organization in the future.  My goal is to build an online forum for sharing resources for traveling adventurers around the world.  I want to seek out local experts to network with, while trading and sharing resources for all of us to benefit from.

Traveling on a budget is something we can all relate to.  It starts with the desire and if we want it bad enough – we can get away from our jobs and minimize those responsibilities for a short time.  It may involve maxing out a credit card or saving up the whole year just to make it happen.  Being in my 40’s hasn’t stopped me – so many others my age are living out their childhood dreams or crossing items off their bucket lists.

So, let me stop you there – what are your plans for the weekend?  Today is Thanksgiving and of course it’s finally time to take a couple of days off if you live in the U.S. and choose to celebrate.  If you don’t have any plans with your family and have some free time – please do not waste it sitting on the couch.  Even if the weather sucks, it is time to get outside and see or do something you never take the time for.

 

Native Americans Historical Tribute Thanksgiving

American Native Heritage Month

Tips:

  • National Parks – providing the most overlooked nature reserves in the country.

Recognizing Native American Heritage is always important, but we owe a lot to this history – especially today, the day of the harvest.  Check out local programs in your area.

https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

  • Local nature maps in your area – search google or instagram for city + nature map or hiking trail – you never know what surprises you may find just around the corner.
  • Natural History – search for the city you want to visit + natural history to visit local farms to learn about agriculture or architecture in the area.
  • Search mountain bike or atv rentals for a different view and some training that will keep your lungs healthy.

 

If you are in Sweden:

I have been following woodandwater.se for adventures to join.  Check them out here:

https://www.woodsandwater.se/tours/winter-zipline-and-outdoor-fika/

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Winter Zipline & Fika!  go to:  Woods & Water Sweden

 

 

 

I plan to write more posts that we are all interested in, so that I can connect with you personally.

I encourage you to post your ideas or resources, so that we can all benefit from each other. No idea is too small or silly!

 

 

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Hiking Adventure In The Old Mines Of Sweden

Welcome back!  We are off on another mini-adventure….

Our home borders Lake Glan out here in the woods.  We like to venture off, looking to get lost for a day without much information.  But when it comes to finding ‘stuff’ it is helpful when the finger points in a fun direction.

It’s a good thing that Norrköping (our home) has an informative website called ‘Nature’s Map’.  We have find a lot of ideas for mini-adventures here.

https://naturkartan.se/en/norrkoping/glansgruvand-vandringsled

Skärblacka is the next town over from us – about 15 minutes down the road.  The lake is huge, with 4 different towns bordering around the coast.  Parking at the bottom of Glansgruvans (Glan’s mines), the 3,5 km loop was an easy one.

I like to stay a bit ‘in the dark’ on the subject before we head out for an adventure like this one.  Keeping wide-eyed and curious helps to emphasize those feeling like a kid again moments.

It was a damp, overcast day after a week of never-ending rain.  We followed the trail amongst the wet leaves and rocks which made for a fun, but dangerously slick step around the mines.

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So, of course I read the signs as we hike – chasing down each and every bit of interesting moss, flower and mushroom.  And of course there are the mines (what kind of story would this be without the title’s exciting find?).

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What a find!

The first site is at the beginning, where they loaded and transported the lime by boat across the lake.  Glans Kalkbruk across the way – is the mill where they burned the limstone down and added stone to it.  A steam locomotive transported the limestone from the quarry to the kiln.

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An old quarry – mining for iron

 

There is one thing that bothers me here – the historical society in Sweden does not make much of an effort to keep locations intact.  Forget about restoration, unless there is some private money involved.  We find so many of these places lost to history with only rough photos and speculative stories of what might have happened here.

We must use our imaginations – looking into the old kilns that cooked out the limestone and ore, where you are able to sit and take photos from any angle that sets your mind on fire.  The mines are overgrown, full of water and there is not much left of the original sites.

Exploration of this area started somewhere – but there is no mention of what kicked it off.  Some old dudes found some limestone and iron and found a use for it.  Then they kept going.  They dug deep crevices all over the the mountain here.

The cottages where the old miners lived, however, are sadly – long gone.  I really wish they had found them in time to restore them.  This place has a much bigger hillbilly story to tell.

There was a crossroads with a resting spot, complete with stinky nature toilets.  No thanks!  This little cottage is fun though – it has a cooktop with surrounding benches inside.  Cozy spot to cook a hot lunch in cold weather or at night.  This would be a great area to camp.

 

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A hiker’s paradise

 

Around the last loop, my husband Andy noticed there were two paths marked.  Being the curious one, I ran down to check it out and encouraged him to follow.  What we found was we had almost missed the premiere attraction!

 

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Entrance to the gigantic quarry.

 

The largest limestone quarry of the area, it was created around 1870 as a spot for processing and transport.  As you enter the area to the left, it opens up where you get the idea that there was some major work going on.

 

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A random door that opens to a tiny, closet.  May have been used for food storage?

 

The size of the quarry is overwhelming.  You could spend the whole day climbing.  Not sure how safe limestone is though – it does chip off a bit, but it does have a lot of sharp edges to grab and step.

 

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View inside the quarry – hi Andy!

 

We left feeling content that we made an incredible find.  Hoping to bring more adventurous friends here to experience the same.

I really hope you enjoyed our newest tale of adventure.  I am working on building a new site right now, so I apologize for the postponing of my weekly posts.  Hope to be back next week with some more interesting moments in Sweden!

Please post your comments if you have them.  It’s so great to hear your thoughts!

Take care of our beautiful mother….

-Gina