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life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
hikes in March 2005
may not find this tangibly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Kristin's visit in February and her visit
in April, the narrator struggled along hiking-wise as best he could. In Kristin's
absence, Dr Pirri often had to carry the lunch and wine basket.
our reliable Volkswagen, "Fritz", as we suit up for a short walk up
in the forest of Grande Rolat, 5 March 2005. That's looking along the Vallée
de Joux road up towards the Col du Marchairuz on the horizon.
leave Fritz behind with a doubtful glance -- a wonderful automobile in all other
respects, his one serious design flaw is a tendency to freeze up his doors in
very cold weather. That would be a real bummer up here at nightfall.
Lots of nice new snow everywhere
is a little late-afternoon solo stroll out along the ridge above the Combe des
Amburnex cross-country ski tracks towards the farm of Joux de Bière.
the farm of Joux de Bière in lots
of nice new snow falling, 5 March 2005.
there's Fritz waiting patiently for our return. Doors opened like a charm.
is the road down from the Col du Marchairuz towards the villages along Lake Geneva,
near nightfall, 5 March 2005.
the sun comes out tomorrow, a lot of that ice will fall off the cliffs and clutter
up the road.
up from the village of Longirod, 6 March 2005, our guide stands at parade rest
whilst the party catches up with him. We're passing the farm of Goncerue.
predicted, we're lost.
"up" seems to be as good a direction as any.
guide is poking around here, looking for an easy way up through the little cliffie
We were flirting with the idea of walking up to the Crêt de la Neuve today,
but we're not wading along quite fast enough for that. So, as he ponders
the situation, it occurs to our guide that we should make a big loop around the
Echadex farm instead.
an intriguing thing about the Swiss Jura -- we're thoroughly lost, and yet we
recognize the place well and we've been here many times before. But we were always
lost then, too.
going -- this is only at about 1380 meters, but it's starting to feel like the
last, here's the horizontal trail between Echadex and Petit Prés de Rolle,
with a brief blink of sunlight. We're found again!
narrator (left) and his shy guide, nicknamed "Guide" (right)
guide takes us off towards Les Echadex farm and a descent by the Tearoom de la
Echadex farm, 6 March 2005
narrator recalling excellent pizzas of the past.
snow's falling thick and fast.
Pirri, it has to be said, has been doing a superb job of leading our expedition
so far, as we search about for a negotiable way down below the Tearoom de la Plage.
leads us with a firm sense of where the best possibilities lie and the
forceful decision-making that often leads to success.
the end, though, we pass the Goncerue farm again and straggle into Longirod with
no harm taken.
we're going up Mont Tendre on our skinny little skis, 13 March 2005, but in fact
that story's already been told elsewhere.
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 3 April 2005, revised 24 September 2008.