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March 25: Ski to Pielpajärvi

The next day we cross-country skied to an old church a few miles away by a small lake called Pielpajärvi.

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This though is the view out onto Mutusjärvi from Vasatokka.

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Here's the front drive.

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The first part of the ski route was on the frozen Inarijärvi (Inari Lake). Inarijärvi is very large; it extends maybe 40 miles northeast from Inari. We only saw a tiny bit of it, particularly because its coastline is very complex and it's dotted with islands.

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Isolated cloud in front of the sun.

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From there we continued across varied terrain, such as this young forest.

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We skirted this rocky field that may be a wetland — it was impossible to tell for sure.

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Some more open territory.

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We also skied across smaller lakes and ponds.

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The trail went straight up and over this esker.

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This is the runout on the back side of the esker. I think maybe only one of us avoided falling down on the descent.

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Continuing along on another pond.

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Lots of lovely windswept snow textures were to be seen.