Saturday, October 3, 2009
Hiking in Nuuksio National Park (by Espoo Finland)
Sharka and I woke up early and took off for the train very quickly this morning, wanting to get over to Nuuksio for our hike. After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we took the train and bus out to Nuuksio before walking about 1.25 miles down into the park to take 'Hawk's Trail', which is a 2.5 mile loop around Lake Haukkalampi. It was a gorgeous hike over many cliffs with plenty of beautiful scenery, especially early on when the lack of wind meant a completely flat lake! Got some really nice photos! Anyway, finished the hike and the trekked the 1.25 miles back out to the road to meet the bus before heading back to Helsinki. Once back we walked over to the market and caught the ferry over to Suomenlinna (sue-ma-leen-a) island, which is an old fort that participated in the Sweden-Finland, Sweden-Russia, and then the Crimean Wars. Really neat grouping of four islands with great scenery and with a narrow storm front coming in between two areas of beautiful weather in the distance meant some wonderful photos!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!