Author’s note: This is a continuation on my series of trekking La Vanoise National Park in the high Alps of France. To see all posts in this series, click here.
“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” –Ruth Ann Schabacker
We rose at seven to a misty morning in the mountains. I was a new woman! I had finally slept. Yes I did it! I managed to sleep in a room of 40 fellow smelly hikers head-to-toe, all thanks to my new technique of using my long-sleeved shirt as a mummy wrap around my eyes and ears. Oh how good it felt to finally sleep! I was ready to seize the day…
Today’s hike would be a bit longer. After two days of hiking, my legs were feeling a little tight but surprisingly my back was intact. I wasn’t sure how I’d manage carrying a pack since I’ve had a bad neck and upper back for over a third of my life. But my good old back was doing miraculous and it felt great!
As we started out we wondered whether or not the fog would rise. Although we didn’t get to enjoy all the delicious views of the valley, it sure felt nice to not have the sun beating down on you as we ascended up the steep mountain path. As always there was plenty to take pictures of. So much beauty surrounded me it was hard not to smile.
Just as we predicted, the clouds began to lift and the sky turned a magnificent deep blue. The sun warmed my soul and the views were stunning. Here are some of my favorite shots along the way. Hope they make you smile!
“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” – Albert Einstein
It was going to be another stellar day hiking in the Alps. I was rested, joyous and ready to take on the day! Carpe Diem!
Stay tuned….more photos and stories later as we reach the ultimate party refuge in the middle of the mountains!