My grandmother had long wanted to go see the Risdals Tower at Konnerud, so this evening I and my dad decided to take her and Theo (her miniature poodle) for a walk up to it.
We parked at Konnerudsenteret (a small shopping mall) and walked from there. It usually takes 1 hour to walk up to the tower, the weather was fine and we were counting on being in the car again before it got dark.
Dad had been there several times before with a friend and thought that he would find the tower without any problems. We trotted away, grandmother and dad chatted and laughed. In the beginning it was many signs to the tower, but suddenly they couldn’t see any signs at all. They had probably talked so much that they have overlooked the signs.
It got darker and darker and grandma began to get bad eyesight because of the dark. (she starts to get old, you see 😉 ) Afterwards they met some people who knew where the tower was and my people were told they had walked the wrong way, so we turned to the way we where told to go, but it became darker and darker.
Grandmother tripped and fell on slippery roots and «naked rocks», she banned and shouted that this was the dumbest thing she had ever done.
We others had to laugh because we thought she was a bit hysterical! Then my dad found out that he had to walk ahead and notify my grandmother every time there was something she could stumble into. Both of them had almost no power on there cell phones, but eventually my grandmother began to use her phone as a flashlight, that got her calmed down a bit. Thank god for that, because then the rest of us didn’t get a nervous breakdown of being with her. 😉
We did not find the tower, but we knew the circa direction to Jordbrekk, where my dad and grandmother had lived for many years, so we started to go down there. The two adults took off with me and Theo, but we walked very slowly, or easier said my grandma did walk slowly.
My dad walk a lot in the woods and can walk far and wide in the dark, and would not be afraid if we had to sleep outside for a night either, and I’m sure he would have made me comfortable and keep me warm. He is very fond of me you know. 🙂
Now it had become very dark and even harder to walk, so my grandmother began to say that they had to call the police, but she hoped they didn’t have to, cause that is very embarrassing you know!
But after we had walked for 3-4 hours and met two ladies who said we should go there and there and my dad’s GPS had stopped working properly, and they not could access my GPS because of poor mobile coverage, and they where just messing around, my grandmother wanted to get help.
Both my dad and grandmother had very little power left on there phones by now, but hoped it was enough, so she could talk with the police. Guess if she felt completely idiotic and stupid who had to call the police and tell them that dad, her, Theo and I had to get help before at least she did freeze to death and was scared that some creepy creatures would come out of the dark and take us.
The lady in the police was terrific and said that they will help us, as mentioned the mobile coverage was very bad, so the call got cut of all the time. Grandma got up a small hill to see if it was better coverage there, and then she almost stumbled in a tree root. It was actually quite funny to see and listen to her. 😉
The police lady called Iselin got the address of my GPS tracker on SMS, so she could see where we were and and help us from there. Grandmother and she had small conversations with each other and it calmed her down. He, he. Then Iselin called and said that a dog handler called Jørgen, was on a another mission, but should come as fast as he could.
We continued to walk where Iselin told us to go, but after a while she called and said that the dog handler wanted us to wait where we were, because it would be much easier to find us then. Grandmother thought it was very cold and started to jump up and down and to wave her arms and sing at the same time. I think shes a bit weird sometimes. 😉
Suddenly we heard a noise up in the woods and there comes the dog handler and his dog to save us. We were told to follow him, but first we got a flashlight, so my grandmother managed to see in the dark. Ha ha.
Yes, yes, when we started to walk we suddenly did hear a siren? We wondered why it came on from time to time. We couldn’t ask Jørgen since he was a little ahead of us. The sound came closer and a police car and two police officers appeared. It turned out that the dog handler had driven and parked somewhere else on Konnerud, and that the two others did turn on the siren on a regular basis so he could hear where we were in relation to them.
Then we did go inside the police car, while the police crew where laughing and apologized as much as they could. I and my tour mates did understand them well, when they did say that they not get asked to save a mini pig that had gotten lost in the woods in the middle of the night that often – almost in the middle of the night, because it was 12 pm – 1 am in the night, and I usually sleep then. 🙂
It was a long and hilarious trip, and we were just going to take a small afternoon trip to the Risdal Tower!
My Grandmother was so happy that the police had helped us out of the big cold, dark and dangerous forest, so she ordered a cake from Condelica as a thanks to them.
From left: Grandmother, dad, Jørgen, Raymond and Iselin
On the cake: Theo and I
(Image: Anne Malm Monstad / The Norwegian Police)