Water in the Desert

Posted on February 25, 2017. Filed under: American Southwest, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

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Lost in the Sonoran desert in Arizona, but delighted to find a stream to follow home.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Exercise, France, Italy, Switzerland, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Travel - Tour du Mont BlancToday I just want to remember.  Last September I completed the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 105 mile hiking trail that circles Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in the European Alps.  The trail goes through France, Italy and Switzerland.  Sometimes the walk ends in a town with some options for accomodation and other times it ends high up in the mountains with only 1 refuge where you better have a reservation or they turn you away.  These 14 days were some of the most visually beautiful I’d ever experienced.  They were also some of the most physically demanding.  I carried all my necessities on my back, about 20 pounds including water.  With this pack I was prepared for any weather from snow and ice to scorching sun.  Thankfully the weather was sublime with only 1 day of rain.  I put the word completed in italics above because it is really because of this day of rain that I didn’t technically walk all 105 miles.  That day of unending downpour we rode in a bus to the next town.  I was on vacation afterall!

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