March 27: Røros hytta day 2

On day 2 we went out to see the high plateau above Røros, and looked around a former mining site. There are a few places where they did mining here for hundreds of years, and you can take a tour of one of the old mines. We looked around one of the processing facilities that had worker housing, but nothing was open to tour.

Then we went into town for some sight seeing. This is the view across the town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we are standing on top of the slag heaps left from the mining days, with a mining museum to the right and the iconic historic church in the center. They have preserved the original streets and houses, and some are open for touring in the summer.

Much to everyone’s delight, we stopped for lunch, then when we were out touring the town we came upon fresh waffles on a stick. Nothing more delightful in the cold than a hot stick waffle.

When we got back to the hytta, we walked down to the river to get a view across the lake, looking back at the cabin and at the landscape. We stood on a little bridge to watch the river, all full of boulders and covered in snow, but with water running free in places and beneath the ice.

Then we created some general mayhem: throwing snow chunks into the water to break up the ice shelves so that Anders could get some dramatic pictures. It’s all gonna melt eventually anyway, right? Sploosh! Ka-blammo! Anders loves to get these close ups of the ice smashing into the river! (Remember that you can click on a picture to see a larger version).

Down at the bridge, Trond and Sylvi have a garage where they have a trailer of wood stored for the hytta. Trond brought the pulk down to the garage with us so that he could fill it up with wood and haul it back up to the hytta.

We also got the “spark” out of the garage (kick sled). Anders mostly gave Aksel a ride back to the hytta on the spark, then everyone took turns on it down the little hill toward the hytta a few times.

In the evening we were cozy in the hytta, we had Thai take-out for dinner then settled in to watch the sunset and visit. We are so grateful to Trond and Sylvi for hosting us! It was hard to say good bye but we will see them again soon!

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About Christy Anderson Brekken

In no particular order... Instructor and Researcher, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University. Educational background: University of MN Law School, 2005. MS in Ag and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, 2011. Teaches: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law. Mother: brilliant 9 year old boy; brilliant 6 year old girl with benign myoclonic epilepsy on a modified ketogenic diet therapy. Married to: Ted Brekken, OSU Department of Electrical Engineering. Ride: Xtra-cycle Edgerunner with kid seat; 400-pound cargo capacity. Grew up: Devils Lake, ND. Lived in: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Pohang, South Korea, Trondheim, Norway, Corvallis, OR. Interests: Cooking, knitting, eating, yoga, laughing, hiking, traveling, staying sane.
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