After spending the night in a very hot hide (45 to 50 degrees centigrade) with no ventilation by the lake, we had breakfast and an opportunity to get some sleep. The breakfast was very welcome after the sandwiches in the night made with rye bread and salami. Apparently rye bread and salami are very popular with Finnish people. It must be an acquired taste. I took the opportunity to get some sleep after breakfast. It was going to be a long night and I wanted to make sure that I was awake when the bears appeared. We shared the hides, taking it in turns to be by the lake, by the forest and by the swamp. My first night was in a hide by the lake. We had not seen bears in the lake itself or in the morning mist but we had seen wild brown bears, and we had seen bear cubs. Not something that everyone can say.
For night two I would be sharing a hide with another member of the group in the forest. I had made sure that I got some sleep during the day as there was no way that I was going to go to sleep in the forest. One of the couple who spent the previous night in the hide in the forest told me that she had fallen asleep in the chair near one of the holes through which we put the camera lenses, and had been woken up when a bear had put its arm through the hole and touched her arm with its paws. There was no way that I was going to go to sleep with that possibility.