Archive for July, 2014

Hoverbergsgrottan

Visited the Hoverberg Caves yesterday, located at a mountain called Hoverberget in Jämtland (County). You need to climb the mountain for some distance before you can enter, but it is worth the effort. The cave was discovered in 1897. The tourist will be able to enter through a small opening and then you see what the first picture shows when you look up. Then you walk on stairs deeper and deeper and you will be able to to see 81 meters of it. The hights are 20-30 meters at some places, highlighted by green and red lights. At the far end, there is a small opening that is closed for tourists, the caves have been explored almost another 90 meters. It is the largest cliff cave system in Sweden.

Plenty to see around lake Storsjön (The Great Lake).

(My images)

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20140729

Spent six hours in good company in the southern parts of Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) today, giving out another 225 RETROFUTURE magazines and 500 flyers. This is part of the project that started back in 2010 that highlights the interest that this publication has in the Great Lake Monster mystery. With todays effort, people living around the entire lake has received magazines and flyers, so this has been one hell of a project. Still, more is to be done – the plan is to have handed out 15.000 magazines and 5.000 flyers by 2016. This is part of The Last Hurrah!

As usual, plenty of interesting things to see and I think these snapshots kind of speaks for themselves. The old archive is certainly getting bigger with each trip.

(My images)

20140720

Checked out a place in the countryside that is up for grabs today about 35 km away from Östersund. I guess it would be wrong to show you loads of pictures since I don´t own the property but this shot of the main gate is neutral enough I think. No neighbours for several hundred meters and they are out of sight behind forest anyway, so that is a plus. Pretty eccentric place, some of it western themed (how about a barn converted to a saloon?). Not the kind of thing you see every day then.

I think I have found the right neck of the woods though, the general area has got a lot going for it. As for this place it ticks a lot of boxes, but it would require a real effort. It kind of depends on what you would want to use it as, a summer vacation spot or a proper place to live.

Good day, definitely worth the trip.

(My image)

Anders_Ek_storsie

Got a call from an artist called Anders Ek (born in 1952) yesterday who wanted me to see his painting of Storsie, so I payed him a visit. He is a painter and last year he created this work, based on what he saw down by the lake in Torvalla as a boy in the mid 60´s. He is no longer sure about the exact year, but the 1964-1967 period should be correct. He lived with his family in a house not far from the lake at the time and used to play down by the shore all the time. One day, he suddenly saw the back of something rather big about 20-25 meters from the shore, swimming from left to right (towards the town of Östersund). It rose two to four dm above the waters surface and the part that he could see was two to three meters long. The skin looked dry, as if it (or the back) had been above the surface for some time. The animal was in no hurry but moved fast enough to create waves that hit the shore where he stood. After the sighting he excitedly told his family about what had happened but they did not believe him. However, a local newspaper did report (the next day) that two witnesses had seen this animal from a location a few km away at a workplace by the shore in the village of Optand, probably some time before the animal reached his location. This report should still exist in archives which will put a date to this.

Anders has had this painting on display and intends to sell it. He wants it documented before he parts with it as it might well end up in private hands. He would prefer it to end up so that the general public can see it though. This painting is not the only one that exists, a handful of artists has seen Storsie over the years and painted what they have seen in the lake.

This will be in print in RETROFUTURE 8 next year.

(Image of said painting by me)

Six warbirds

Posted: July 12, 2014 in Cool stuff, Hobby

6planes

I have looked into this flying model airplane business and there are many boxes (most of them huge) that is of interest. One that caught my eye was this FMS box with six classic WWII birds – Zero, Mustang, Stuka, B 25 bomber, Warhawk and Spitfire) – which seems like good value for money to me. They are obviously not as big as some of the others, but as long as they can fly I would be quite happy having a go at these.

Not so sure if joining a club is the best idea, I would prefer to fly these things at a private property. Maybe create a small club consisting of good friends. I can see that happening some day.

Boys will be boys.

(Image of said boxes by me)

20140706

First trips distributing (the 2.000) RETROFUTURE flyers around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) took place yesterday and today, and the first 450 is now out. Since this has to do with the Great Lake Monster project – and getting witnesses to talk – most of the flyers are going out to homes that is very near to the lake. This project started in 2010 and it has been successful. Friends of this blog will know the details. 1.550 flyers to go… And some magazines. July will be a busy month but it is an interesting project. Today I had good company and we ended the trip with a beer once back in the city (Östersund). The first trips are made on bicycles, later on a car is going to be necessary. Lovely views, as you can see.

Top Gear awaits…

(Images by me)

20140704

Holiday fun with RETROFUTURE – 2,000 flyers to be distributed around Storsjön (The Great Lake) in the next few weeks (possibly beginning this Sunday, depending on the weather), and a box of RETROFUTURE 7 magazines that was posted earlier today to Trace Keane over in Sioux City (for the Tommy Bolin festivities over there on August 2).

Things are coming to an end so I might as well go out in style. This will be over a couple of years from now.