South Greenland - Day 24 : Splash
This would be the last day of hiking. The first part downhill went fast. Then I reached the part with the ropes, which were pretty cool to rappel down from.
It would take another 2 hours to reach the campsite. I considered paddling down the river, but that would likely take just as long. I wanted to be back in time because one of the falcon scientists had mentioned renting a helicopter to view the area from above. Along the way I passed a group of tourists with a Spanish guide. They were impressed about all the hiking I had done. As soon as I went on my way I needed to cross a stream. To make it easier someone had put a log across. For the past 3 weeks I had successfully avoided falling, so of course I now slipped on the log which had specifically been put there to make falling less likely. The tourists could all see me fall face first into the stream. Luckily the weather was nice.
An hour later my clothes were almost dry and I was almost at the hostel. While I climbed the last hill I couldn't help but think about all my new experiences during this trip and felt proud I had planned and done everything by myself. After pitching my tent for the last time I met the falcon guy inside the hostel. Their daughter had gotten sick so he wasn't sure if they still wanted to go for the helicopter ride the next day, but he would inquire at the tourist office.
Back on the asphalt road
The last few meters
The hostel with the campsite behind
I took another shower and washed my clothes again. After soaping them for the 5th time the water that came out was still black. Then I continued reading so I didn't have to buy the book afterwards. I read about 300 pages that day. The falcon man told me the helicopter ride would be too expensive for him, but that we could rent a small plane instead. That would 'only' cost 100 per person per hour, instead of 240 per person for 20 minutes. That way we could also decide where the pilot would fly instead of making a predetermined loop. We agreed that if his daughter felt better we would do that the next day.