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camping on Mont de Bière, December 1994
December 1994, young Marlowe Peck, then aged 10, began to feel claustrophobic
watching cartoons and playing computer games in Gimel, Switzerland, and decided
to go camping in the mountains of the Swiss Jura.
With an anticipatory grin, Marlowe sets out from the Pré d'Aubonne, near
the Col du Marchairuz, on a chilly 17 December 1994, and invites Dad to come along
if he wants to.
long shadows of early evening (4:30 p.m.) begin to close in, Marlowe searches
about for a good, flattish, soft camping spot, snuggled into the notch between
Mont de Bière and Mont-de-Bière-Devant.
thing Dad agreed to come along, because he's got all the heavy stuff.
spot, Marlowe! Flattish. Sort of soft. A view out over Lake Geneva off in one
direction, to the right . . .
out towards France in the other. Now Marlowe's thinking about dinner!
goodbye to the sun, 17:30 hours, 17 December 1994.
a little colder than some of us expected, so very cannily, Marlowe commandeers
the four-seasons bag, and Dad gets the summer bag from K-Mart.
for many of us to go to sleep now. Right, Marlowe? Time to go to sleep now, is
says "No, I think I'll stay up and read for a while. The light doesn't bother
you, does it?"
"Marlowe, it's 2 a.m. Give it a rest, will you?"
Dad. Night-night. What time is breakfast?"
packs up camp in the morning -- a fairly cold morning! -- and prepares to head
up towards Mont-de-Bière-Devant for a brisk matutinal constitutional, as
Once home, back in Gimel, fortified by hot chocolate, Marlowe resumes computer
games on two Macintoshes simultaneously, in a spasm of mental dexterity and hand-eye
taking frequent breaks from her Mac computer games. Only, however, to dash across
the room for some IBM PC computer games . . .
to dash back across to the Macs when one of the games goes "BEEP". Can
you think of anything better to do in beautiful downtown Gimel? Besides watching
the cows march up and down the high street?
blue dot is Marlowe's camping place, between Mont de Bière (green) and
Mont de Bière Devant (red)
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 4 May 2002, revised 2 July 2008, 28 August 2014.