Dwight Peck's personal website
Lisa walks in January 2008
in the New Year
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.
couple of exhilirating walks in the Swiss Jura, 13 and 20 January 2008
parked illegally at the French end of the Col de la Givrine, 13 January 2008,
with perhaps 100,000 cars up out of Geneva for sledding, eating croûtes
and fondues, crosscountry skiing, pacing back and forth in the parking lot, yelling
at the kids, etc. -- we've battled the crowds and the traffic jams up from St
Cergue, and now we're off into the forest.
a family having a nice cheese fondue on the picnic table by the rail crossing.
in the grim chill before the sun breaks out for a while.
Passing Le Sollier farm
near the Sollier farm, in the sun now and happy to get the hat off.
marching up one of the beautiful combes running northeastward. Snowshoeing is
an excellent way to get around in these Jura forests and meadows and we've been
doing it for many years, but recently, for perfectly understandable reasons, the
entrepreneurs of St Cergue have been developing the idea further, basically, for
the masses. There are now machined tracks throughout the area, with "snowshoe
trail" signs (which should have been oxymoronic), a lively business in rental
gear, and guides-accompaniers for hire for the afternoon.
for lunch. When Lisa comes along, lunch is inevitable and usually almost ceremonial.
digging out a few bags of all the gourmet treats can take five minutes (even when
you're sitting on the snowshoe trail and have to keep letting hikers get over
Pré du Four
farm at Pré du Four (1394m) on a ridge line overlooking the Les Coppettes
farm, with Le Noirmont mountain directly to the north (not seen here).
du Four, a new one for our Farms of the Jura
sheltered spot, out of the wind, for another gourmet lunch?
du Four on its outcrop, 13 January 2008
Dôle from the Pré du Four
du Four, looking towards the south, La Dôle on the horizon
snowshoeing tracks all over the place. And we've just been passed by a long line
of lurching snowshoers with a guide reading out from some sort of printed guidebook.
It's a wonderful thing that city folks can get out and experience this kind of
beautiful nature, with a guide to point out the best features, but it does tend
to make things somewhat cluttered.
much of the Swiss Jura in the Geneva area, as the population burgeons, this is
becoming another of those places that you really only want to visit when the weather
is appallingly bad.
farm (1445m) and time to start back down again.
along the well-trod path at the end of the day
back to the trailhead in the long shadows.
The Refuge of Joratte
week later, a teeny bit of new snow, and we're off into the forest of Grande Rolat
near Marchairuz, 20 January 2008.
after at least a decade hiking all in red, now hikes all in blue.
the sun, the heat is overwhelming, and everybody's overdressed.
take care of that right now!
there! It's January!
put something on, we're going back into the forest.
réfuge of Joratte and just time for another gourmet lunch.
And a short repose
just time for another little sit-down before we try to find our way out of the forest
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 4 February 2008, revised 10 September 2014.