Dwight Peck's personal website

Winter 2005-2006

Short breaks from poring over the newspapers as the Bushies implode

You may not find this terribly 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.

Great snow in early December -- hikes around Le Sollier

Dr Pirri is the leader today, in bountiful new snow in the Jura, 10 December 2005, making trail from the far side of the Col de la Givrine straight up into the very dense thickets.

It happens sometimes that even Dr Pirri has to pause and reconsider his attraction to dense thickets.

When there are no thickets for Dr Pirri to lead us into, he may be able to suggest some awkward steepness nearby.

He's up.

This is the little combe at about 1300m in the Bois de la Givrine, just southwest of the Le Sollier farm.

And that's the Sollier farm, 10 December 2005, with the Noirmont on the horizon. The crosscountry ski track from Givrine, called the "Boucle du Sollier", passes through the foreground.

The next day

The next day, 11 December 2005, La Dôle from above La Givrine on a VERY windy day

Where did La Dôle go? It looks like Mt Everest in the monsoon season, except for all the trees and the radar station on top.

La Trelasse, across the road as we start our hike

Along a forest track

An exceptional tree in the Bois de la Givrine

Prof Durham planted firmly in the Bois de la Givrine

La Sollier farm from the east

Brisk wind at Le Sollier, 11 December 2005

La Dôle over the rooftops

Prof Durham preparing for a hearty lunch out of the wind, with no luck

Gourmet lunch out of the wind

The corral northeast of Le Sollier

Prof Durham breaking out of the compound

Additional views of Le Sollier farm on a sunny, windy day, with lots of airplane contrails

We have to leave now. Good bye.

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