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breaks from poring over the newspapers as the Bushies implode
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Christmas visit and a couple of walks in invigorating weather
no use just sitting round watching the telly through the holidays, as there's
nothing much good on anymore anyway, and even the BBC news is sometimes not all
that much fun these days.
the Pré d'Aubonne, chilly, 27 December 2005
drags us away from the telly and off into the forest, 27 December 2005, across
the Pré d'Aubonne near the Col du Marchairuz, hoping to get a good look
at the Grande Baume.
stares at the information panel at the Grande Baume du Pré d'Aubonne --
125 metres, not to say 410 feet, deep.
on the Grande Baume here. But enough of that, let's carry on before our feet
about the cold, we're wending northwest through the little cliffs at about 1400m,
with gelid piggies.
when she wants to, wields a mean TSL225 plastic snowshoe.
that we've found out a good way up through the cliffs, it's time to get the old
heart pumping and warm up a bit.
practicing her "Dick Cheney Look" to indicate who's probably going to
be blamed for this extraordinary cold.
from a bracing walk, we're passing the farm of the Pré
to the car, late in the day, on the Route du Marchairuz, 27 December 2005.
de Vaulion, chilly, 30 December 2005
on a different page.
the Col du Marchairuz, chilly, 1 January 2006
recovered from a devastatingly hilarious New Year's Eve, Kristin braces for the
cold not far from the Col du Marchairuz on 1 January 2006.
from the Route du Marchairuz, we're headed in distressingly deep new snow up into
limestone hole-country southwest of the col, just to have a good lookround.
fairly scampering along in the forest to the south and southwest of the Col du
Marchairuz, watching for great karst caverns yawning in the forest floor.
lovely day, though a chilly one, as the snow starts blowing in a bit.
Valser bottled water Kristin's got there, much to be recommended, as least the
fizzy kind, but it's not Evian, which is said to be just as wet and pays some
of our Ramsar "outreach" bills. The main problem with bottled water
(aside from all that throwaway plastic), according to WWF International, is that
when the people
who can afford to buy it do so, the voters' pressure is taken off the government
authorities to provide drinkable tap water for all the citizens, both those who
can and those who cannot afford to buy the bottled kind. In developing countries,
bottled water is pretty much a necessity.
narrator believes that sunny days in the Jura are nice, too, but these snowy ones
really do excel.
Just through here
hotel at the Col du Marchairuz seen from the southeast through the trees near
nightfall, 1 January 2006.
having a good look-about for the car, which was somewhere near here
when we left it.
there's the lovely Volkswagen, "Dieter", kneedeep in snowdrifts
at the side of the Route du Marchairuz, as the family vans full of kids and sleds
parade past us towards Geneva at the end of a superb day. It's time for a big
pizza at the Croix Verte in Nyon.
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