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eventful, but in a quiet way
round the world some of them were trying in vain
to convince the rest of us that it would be a fun
idea to go bomb a lot of the folks down in Iraq, D. Peck and friends spent the
fall and winter hiding out in the safest place they could think of.
The first really good snow of the year
a birthday present direct from God for me: 4 January 2003
Lisa's here to get the snowshoeing year off to a good beginning. We've driven as far up the Route des Montagnes above Bassins as we can get the old rustbucket, and now we're pushing off into the lovely new snow.
Today we'll get some new snowy photos for our Farms of the Jura series: we're passing the farm of Mondion
Enne lies at 1294m on an isolated little ridge just SE of the main Marchairuz-to-Givrine
crosscountry ski track, between Le Vermeilley
and Les Pralets.
the front door, hiker L. Durham getting out of a chilly wind
the SE side of the building, looking to the east, 4 January 2003.
eating again and preparing to leave Grande Enne farm, January 2003.
near Grande Enne wondering 'which way to the car?', and whether the car, if they
find it, will be of any use under the snowdrifts. 4 January 2003.
wintry hikers showing prudence for once, along the crosscountry
ski track through the forest towards Les Pralets
Pralets lies at 1271m in a broad meadow along the main Marchairuz-to-Givrine
crosscountry ski track, between Le Vermeilley to the SW and La Bassine (1261m)
to the NE, at the top of the paved road from the village of Bassins. Seen
here from the SW in a vigorous snowstorm on 4 January 2003.
Pralets hosts a cozy restaurant montagnard for hikers in summer and, in winter,
for skiers along the ski du fond trail -- though it's about 8 km up from the trailhead
at the Col de la Givrine and about 10km from the trailhead near the Col du Marchairuz.
Pralets, in addition to its specialties of fromage dishes, is also a working farm
in the summer.
Today, the proprietor seemed just to have had himself driven
up the road in a 4x4 as the first serious snow of the winter began to close the
les Pralets, January 2003, having peeked in the window and given the proprietor
a bit of a startle apparently.
Les Pralets, January 2003; Mont Sala would be visible up to the right, if anything
away from Les Pralets towards the car, wherever it may be lurking some ways farther
down the hill.
Back to the car
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