Sunday morning and time to go. The morning started out nicely. I woke up at 6:58, two minutes before the alarm went off, and actually felt awake. This is something that happens so rarely, that I thought maybe I should go and buy a lottery ticket. But then there were bad news. Rosario called and told us that he’s become ill, and that he can’t go to Sälen with us as planned :'(. We were all very sad about this, but discussed the possibility of him taking a train up there later in the week. We are hoping that he can join us when he feels better.
Kelly and I took our time getting ready (cleaning the car and buying groceries), and left Uppsala a little bit after noon. The drive was uneventful. We stopped to eat at Pizzeria Pronto in Mora, which might be the best food experience I’ve had on the route from Uppsala to Sälen – a trip I’ve made many times with really disappointing food stops, so it’s not the greatest recommendation for the pizza place. But the staff was friendly, it was cheap and we split a pizza that tasted fine.
After the usual picking up of cabin keys at Gumo cabin rental, and ski rentals at Dalskidan, we headed up the mountain. It wasn’t as pretty as other times we’ve been here, when it was all covered in thick, white, clean snow. On the other hand, it was much easier to drive in sunny and dry conditions, rather than in a blizzard.
We are staying in the same cabin we rented last year, in Tandådalen. It’s a really nice place and I was happy to see that it was available to rent. We settled ourselves in, Kelly made a fire in the fireplace, and I cooked us some nice dinner.