Finland, July 2

Our trip to Finland to visit Peter Tigerstedt and the Mustila Arboretum.

We fly out of Chicago Saturday evening, and after 21 hours, with a short layover in Iceland, and arrive in Helsinki, Finland early afternoon on Sunday.  After some confusion, we figure out how to find the Green Motion rental car office in the Cumulus Hotel nearby to the airport.   We drive the 75 minute drive to the Mustila Arboretum, near Elimaeki, where we are greeted by Peter.  We’re staying in a small apartment converted from the original farmhouse bakery. The main house occupied by Peter and Irma, was built in 1754. Our host is Peter Tigerstedt, a 40+ year ham radio friend of Scott’s. Peter’s grandfather, a forester, bought the 13,000 acre farm estate and started the Arboretum in 1902.  After supper, jet lagged and tired, we retire early.