May 26: Trollstigen morning fog

May 26, Part 1: Saturday morning was foggy, but we set off on our day trip with high spirits. We drove from our cabin on the ~100 km road from Trollstigen to Geiranger, back again in the evening.

The first part of the road twists through eleven hairpin turns up to Stigrøra, 858 meters above sea level. We stopped at the bridge across the Stigfossen waterfall, still below the fog. The road is carved into the mountain and supported by stone walls, opening in 1936 after 8 years of construction.

The Kløvstien is a footpath that climbs the route, with so many of these Lord-of-The-Rings open stone staircases. Ted had the courage to go down a bit and back up, I was content to look. I’d love to climb it, but not sure I could overcome the fear of heights. Maybe if there were a rail!

Then we entered the fog and saw little except the road in front of us. We took the walk through the exquisite architectural viewing platforms and ponds, but could see nothing below. Pictures of that later from the evening trip back.

Eduardo was our expert up the mountain, Jeremy, Anders and I were the kids in the back, and poor Nora was in the way back seat. We were very good kids and only asked “are we there yet?” once. It was great to go before the heaviest tourist season. There were other people from all over the world there (ok, lots of Germans and a few other Americans, plus others), and we saw plenty of tour buses throughout the day, but it could have been a lot busier on those hairpin turns. We have good timing.

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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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