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Zigzagging up the mountains in Vanoise National Park

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”. –John Muir

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Two years ago, my Dad and I did a seven-day hike through Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. It was a magnificent trip with stunning scenery of jagged mountains, wildflowers and gorgeous views. Hiking is one of my absolute favorite pastimes. I love zigzagging up and down the mountain, breathing in the fresh, pure air and marveling at the incredible beauty of our world.

For me, hiking is a way to relax, reflect and simply enjoy all the highs and lows of life. I love it and wish I could do it more. Here are a few photos of one of my favorite hikes we did in Vanoise National Park. The hike to Refuge de la Dent Parrachee where we spent the night. I have written at length on all the hikes we did in Vanoise National Park, however, this one stood out as one of the best.

“The mountains are calling and I must go”.  –John Muir

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Zigzagging up and down the switchbacks of a mountain trail.

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains”! – John Muir

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, FranceVanoise National Park, Savoie, France

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”. –John Muir

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, FranceVanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France“The power of imagination makes us infinite”. –John Muir

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul”. –John Muir
Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France
And at last….after all the zigzagging up and down the mountain trail we come to our refuge for the night.
Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France
Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France
And with a stunning reward…
Vanoise National Park, Savoie, France
Oh how I crave the mountains!
 
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag. To see more entries, click here. To read more posts on my hiking trip to Vanoise National Park, click here.

 

 

30 comments

  1. I had many favorites photos before that very last one Nicole. Congrats; great experience, great photos, and better thoughts. I totally agree with you; by hiking, we just realized that great is nature, not us. And, as I’ve also realized, we don’t conquer any mountain, is the mountain that conquers us!

  2. maamej

    So beautiful, you’ve given me another location to add to my list of walks I’d like to do.

  3. I’m a “mountain mama” too and can’t resist John Muir’s quotations in some of my posts also! Nice photos! The Himalayas are the most impressive, but the Alps are such gems, aren’t they?

    • Thanks! I just love mountains and the Muir quotes fit this so perfectly. I’ve done Nepal and fell in love with the Himalayas. They are on an entirely different scale! 🙂

  4. Stunning shots of the mountains in the French Alps. I loved how you captured the rapids and river in your third shot – the water is absolutely gleaming in the sun. Seems like a long walk to the top, I bet you took your time and enjoyed the sights 🙂

  5. Nice take on the theme. You’re welcome to come visit my late take on zigzag: http://wp.me/p255bn-ei

    Lovely photos. They remind me of a hike I took up the backside of 11,700-foot Mt. Timpanogas in Utah, USA. The terrain is about the same, only there were tons of fall wildflowers. Many of your photos could have been taken on my hike, even the scarp face, if that’s the correct terminology. Thanks for sharing and for the remembering.

    Oh, and by the way, when our group got to the top of the mountain, it started snowing and later knocked me on my backside by loud thundering right over my head. The sides of the mountain are very steep. It made for an interesting hike back down. If you so desire, you can read about the adventure at https://oddsandendthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/peril-atop-mount-timpanogas-an-adventure-to-last-a-lifetime/ Unfortunately, all my photos/negatives were water damaged in a basement flood.

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