Tour du Mont Blanc Again

Posted on March 8, 2013. Filed under: Exercise, France, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Travel - TMB

Today I’m revisiting my hiking adventure in the Alps.  Here I am on day 1 of the trip.  My shoulders didn’t ache yet!  But I also didn’t know the beauties that lie in store for me over the next 13 days.  This is the second day I ever saw a glacier in my life.  The day before was the first.  Driving from the airport in Geneva to Chamonix, France I couldn’t believe the gorgeous mountains with their glaciers!  I am wearing KEEN hiking boots and I was extremely happy with them.  I trudged right through many mountain streams that crossed the trail over all those days and not only didn’t I feel a drop of wet, but I felt sure footed throughtout.  I also never had a blister or really even sore feet much at all.  I attribute this to my KEEN boots!

Travel - TMB Boots

Here is one of the boot racks at Rifugio Elisabetta in Italy.  I must say I was reluctant to leave my boots unattended!  Hard to believe anyone would nick them, though, being that they were anything but clean!  And no one did, thankfully!

Travel - TMB Trient, SwitzerlandThis is the town of Trient, Switzerland with it’s very picturesque pink church.  Bill and I still laugh about the conversation we had on the very long switchbacks leading us for over an hour down out of the mountains to this town.  We knew we were heading to a town with a prominent church because the directions to our hotel used it as a landmark.  When I first spotted the pink church way down in the valley I said, “That’s probably the church we are looking for to find our hotel.”  Bill agreed until we were so far past it he said, “I’m sure it’s a different town with a different church we are looking for.”  But, alas, no, we turned and headed all the way back even past this town again before turning again and again winding our way down until finally we confirmed that the pink church is indeed in Trient!  One thing everyone who does alpine hiking will tell you, “The downhill is much harder than the uphill.”  This proved very true the day we arrived in Trient!

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