Well the Alps were walked upon in snowshoes, if not exactly conquered, during a two-day Easter holiday in the Parco Naturale Orsiera Rocciavré, a beautiful natural park in the mountains which you may remember from my hike there last November, sans snow, which I posted about here.
The weather on Easter Sunday was white. That’s the best way to describe it, as you can see from the first photos I posted below. It took over three hours to hike up to the Selleries mountain refuge on snowshoes, and it was a surreal experience walking through the snow, while it snowed lightly, and being surrounded by white fog on all sides. It was like being in a Daffy Duck cartoon when Bugs Bunny, the mischievous animator, erases the background from the frame.
We stayed the night in the refuge after eating a delicious traditional dinner there in a cozy room warmed by a wood burning stove. They even prepared an entire vegan menu for me and another woman who was also a vegan. Everything was so tasty, the only problem was that there was so much of it and I couldn’t even finish my second course even though I really wanted to. Really, just the antipasto, or the primo, or the secondo would have been a meal for me.
Easter Monday is also a holiday in Italy and the weather had decidedly changed. There wasn’t a cloud in the dark blue sky in the morning, and we headed up to reach a mountain lake for another day of snowshoeing. Unfortunately we didn’t reach the lake (not one of the other few people who set out for the lake that morning reached it either, because the route got too difficult to cross farther back). Still, it was intense physical exercise to climb the mountain on snowshoes, and it was calming to be surrounded by nothing but fresh air and fantastic views.
The little vacation was relaxing and peaceful, and I enjoyed being one of the very few people up there on the first day, with the only things on the agenda being to climb and then rest.
Here are some photos of the landscape. The clouds that blew in later on the second day were a very dramatic touch. I saved a couple of my favorite shots to post later.
For the non vegans