This is Preikestolen. I don't know what they're calling it in the English language tour guides these days. Pulpit Rock? Rock Pulpit? Translated literally it's Preacher's Chair, but I can't seem to stop myself from thinking of it as Preacher's Mount. Which I know is wrong in all sorts of ways. But then...so am I...so....Preacher's Mount it is, and ever shall be.
Whatever it's called, it's rather stunning, no?
It's one of those iconic, quintessentially norsk images--along with trolls, Northern lights, and those thorny looking, wooden Stave Churches--that I've tied to Norway, deep in my psyche ever since I was 14 years old and pouring over library books to learn more about the exotic homeland of my hunky, new heart-throbs A-ha. (Fact: JEDA never would have come to Norway, may still to this day, have been living under the false, but harmless, illusion that Norway was the capital of Sweden, and that Jarlsberg cheese was merely a poorer, larger-holed version of the preferable Swiss, if "Take On Me" hadn't been such a perfectly awesome song.)
It was the one thing Mom said she wanted to do while she was here this go 'round--see Preikestolen. (My mom is here visiting/helping. Did I mention that? Been here since early August. It's been great, but I've been working her hard since school started, and I think she might be ready for a vacation.) She's been training since winter to make sure she was physically fit enough to make it there--long walks, and hiking in the trails around her house. We took her on a practice run to our choice blueberry patch a few weeks ago:
|There were a ton of people there, but none of them this happy and this proud.|
|With our legs hanging over the edge like a couple of bad-asses...|
Those thunderstorms you see gathering rather magnificently in the background, waited until we were about half way back down the trail to soak us to the skin.
|White specks on water = itty, bitty sailboats.|
|The preferred loogie hocking position.|
Next on the Norwegian icons bucket list: Lofoten, and the Northen Lights. But probably not this year. There's chemistry to learn this year, and physics....School kind of sucks right now....not that you asked....but it does....and now you know.