And the BIG DOWN!
17.07.2015 - 19.07.2015 27 °C
Peter's words of advice today - don't look up. You will be tempted to peek but be like a child waiting for a surprise. On the chair lift, look down at the plants and when you reach the meadow, then look up and see the massive Sassolungo. You get the surprise and see the wonder of it.
This hike would best be described as rocky. Once again we felt small as we walked on the trail below the mountain. The path was rocky and we got slightly off the trail at one point. Now that's a surprise! Some rock climbing and rambling over the stones got us back on the path below.
We had another long climb to Rifugio Emilio Comici, the most famous place to rifugio in all the Italian alps. All the Italian stars go there, especially in the winter and they have fanciest toilets ever with blue and pink lights. Quite the place!! It was the busiest of all the trails so far and many stopped for lunch.
Next we continued up through another rocky path to the Stone City, which is a national park (Naturonda). Glaciers created this area thousands of years ago and it is often used for high fashions modelling shoots. Dave thinks it looks like a scene from Lord of the Rings.
What couldn't be more fun than going on the oldest lift to the top of the mountain you hiked below earlier? It is a two person lift and you run to get in and out with the help of the lift operators. We were like two sardines in a small can. What an experience!!
A piece of apple strudel and a cappuccino to end another great hike
Hike #4 - 12.5 km, 118 stairs, 18500 steps
Well since we've already been in Padua for three days, I'm going to skip the details of hike #5. It would have been titled, A Little Happy. Peter's story about a mythical Moon Princess and her moon rocks and our quest for happiness. We experience a 'little happy' and instead of being content we look behind the little happy for a bigger happy. Just be happy! It was 33° on this 15 km hike through the moon rocks. It was all up and then a BIG DOWN which took us 3 hours. This was the most challenging hike of all but we did it. We were a little happy when we got back to the valley below and there was a cold creek to refresh our feet.