Early autumn outing with Scandic Woodsman and company

The Weekend Woodsfamily met up with the Scandic Woodsfamily this past Saturday at Scandic’s plot of forest land in the country. The setting was peaceful, quiet and tranquil…that is, until we all showed up! With a 2-year-old, 3.5-year-old and 5-year-old running around, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s not going to be any peaceful, quiet or tranquil anything. 😉 But that’s OK. It’s nice to hear the laughter of children and chatter of families in the woods, too.

After parking our cars at the road, we hiked around the property, snapping pics along the way. The cowberries (aka lingon berries) are out in force.

There are still plenty of bilberries as well, though.

I love how the bilberry plants change color in the autumn.

We picked a boat-load of chanterelles. OK, it’s not exactly a boat-load, but it was plenty enough for chicken and mushroom pasta in cream sauce the next day!

Upon reaching Scandic’s campsite, we started processing wood so we could begin cooking ASAP. I made some wood shavings, broke up some dead branches and got a fire going in the fire ring.

To get things started, we roasted a few sausages.

Then either Scandic or Mrs. Scandic (can’t remember) found a big flat rock nearby, and we thought it’d be cool to cook some meat on it. I placed the rock on the fire ring and continued feeding the fire to heat it up.

Before long, the flat rock was hot enough to cook on, so Mrs. Scandic threw on the meat.

There was so much meat that we had to cook some on the grill as well.

Cooking the meat this way worked beautifully. I’m sure you can guess how it tasted. 🙂

The Woodsboy was feeling sleepy at this point, so I made him a bush bed by wrapping him in my poncho on a bunch of pine boughs and covering the open part with a mesh shirt to keep the bugs out (though there weren’t many around at all). He ended up just wanting to play around in his little “house” and didn’t sleep, though he did say he was comfortable.

For dessert, the Woodswife made delicious Finnish-style pancakes (“letut”) in a Finnish-style wok (“muurikka”). Needless to say, they were delicious! We ate them with sugar, strawberry jam and bilberries. Mmmm…..

I took a quick look at Scandic’s new Saami knife, or leuku, which was hand-forged by Pasi Hurttila. It’s a real beaut!

Here’s Scandic splitting some wood with his M95 Ranger Knife (Sissipuukko) to keep the fire going.

I’ll close with a few pictures of our “camp” for the day. We threw some ponchos and tarps on Scandic’s kota/teepee frame and also set one up horizontally to keep our gear dry, as it rained on and off while we were in the forest.

All in all, a fine way to spend a Saturday! Thanks again, Scandic Woodsman, for inviting us to your property. We all had a great time. 🙂


16 comments on “Early autumn outing with Scandic Woodsman and company

  1. Like being there man, great post! Loving the set up and the food.

  2. Finnman says:

    OH, you took lot of good pics also 🙂 Yes I had very pleasant saturday afternoon-evening aswell. Weather could be better, but kids didn´t complain; they were wet and happy mouths full of berries!

    With family being woods is very much different than alone then preparing and keeping things extremely simple is the key.

    Thanks for accompanying with us!

    – Finnman

  3. Ron says:

    There you go!
    Spending time out there with good company and good food….. There’s just nothing that can beat that!
    I see one of you ended up with a Dutch poncho. Don’t like ‘m since they’re so bright, but I believe you can snap them together with your German poncho, creating a larger sheet to cover more area. At least that’s what I can do with my Dutch marineponcho and the German BW poncho.

  4. Bill Giles says:

    Very well done. A good story and a good time.

  5. OutdoorEnvy says:

    Great looking trip. Food looked really good. I really need to try one of those larger leuku knives sometime. Looks very handy.

  6. Elen Sentier says:

    Reblogged this on Elen Sentier and commented:
    This looks very good 🙂

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