The Mountain is on its Side

Posted on October 22, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Travel - Stratification 2This mountain in the Italian Dolomites had huge vertical lines of rock.  The mountain was very forcibly pushed onto its side at some point in its past.  The glaciers look to be still, but they are powerful movers, and any rock in their path better watch out!

I think the colors and patterns of the pushed rock is interesting to look at.

Travel - Stratification 1

Isaiah 64:1      Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence…

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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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