26 July 2014

Canoeing on river Ii

We made a daytrip on the river, jihuu!!

Allthough the river is near, it's been a couple of years since we last went canoeing.
(You know how it is: There are not so many free days, not even on the holiday.)

But now we made it,
the weather was very warm and the whole family was in en excellent mood.

Starting-point in Taivalkoski
We planned a route for one day and two cars. We rented two canoes from Husky Center Kolmiloukko. We packed lunch and snacks in one waterproof bag and raincoats and swimsuits to an other. In the morning, we started from home with two cars. One we left by the river near home and the other we drive 20 km up to the village, where we started canoeing.

Having fun















We decided our older son can manage steering the other canoe, so I can sit in the front. My husband can steer the other, with our younger son paddling in the front.


Easy going















From Taivalkoski Canoeing Center to Jurmu along river Ii it's a little more than 20 kim. With one long lunch- and swimming -break in the middle it took us six hours totally.

Lunchbreak in Virtasaari















River Ii is not difficult, the rapids are very small. But in july there is so little water, that you have to be carefull with the stones. Some places you can step out of the canoe and walk.
Shallow water
















Some guite long parts of the river are very still. There it is good to have some fun ideas like learning your balancing skills - then it doesn't get so boring.

Father teaching son















Day was very positive. After fetching the other car and canoes, we were back home at about seven. Even with all that swimming it was not too hard for any of us. Canoeing with family is probably the best way to spend a hot summer day!

Every boat needs a captain






21 July 2014

An overnight biking trip

IDEA: To do a biking trip with boys and their friends, starting from home. 
Small forest roads between Jurmu and Kurtti in Taivalkoski















PREPARATIONS: Choose and rent a cottage not too far. In our case there is a cottage by the lake Kurtti 20 km from us. That is good distance, when there are different people (aged 15-45) with different bikes taking part - Plus a dog. We had to pack sleepingbags, dinner and breakfast to backbags - not everyone had bike-bags. 
Not as heavy as it looks :)
















DURATION: Start from home about 16 o'clock, reach cabin at about 19 o'clock with lots of little breaks and one bike broken and fixed on the way. On the cabin we had sauna, grilled dinner and marshmallow to keep the youngsters happy. Next morning just breakfast a tidying, start biking at about 10 and be back home at noon. Total 20 hours. 

Kurtti Cabin














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NOTES: It was nice we could use small roads with no cars, just some birds and nice scenery on the highest places. It was a good idea to change bikes or paggages with each other, if somebody got too tired going uphill. For the dog (german shepherd) it was really good to choose a day with not hot weather. Even if the dog is in very good condition, like she is, following the bike's speed  is a real challenge. 
She needs some breaks with water to cool down 



17 July 2014

Teach your horse like your dog

This summer I have spend most of the time at home.
It means lazy mornings, working in the garden, cooking, housework - 
some writing and music - 
and a lot of time with my horse and dogs. 

In these films you can see some of the results
and share my horse-handling and dog.activating tips. 

Summer Activities for Huskies

Teach your Horse like your Dog

Different ways to move and stop your Horse

For those who want to learn more professional 
western-style horse handling I recommend youtube videos from
Warwick Schiller, Stacy Westfall and Camrton Meissner -
to mention a few.

Here is one more film I made:
Best Riding Places