Peck's personal Web site
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 Mont de Bière Devant 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.
de Bière Devant,
2 January 2006
is the parking at the Sentier du Sapin à Simeon (1330m) near the Col du
Marchairuz, 2 January 2006, looking out over the La Côte region of the Canton
du Vaud and Lake Geneva. Lots of lovely new snow on a very cold day.
bundling up warm. We're planning to wander lonely as a cloud, maybe out across
the long meadow to the northeast eventually to Mont de Bière Devant, or
maybe somewhere else instead. The Sentier is an enjoyable educational path out
over the meadows with signs along the way indicating facts about the rural life
here, like how many acres of meadow it takes to feed one cow for a year, how much
milk they can be expected to produce, how much cheese that will make, what kinds
of trees and flowers can be seen roundabout, etc. All that educational stuff is
way down under the snow now, of course.
little ways out from the carpark, we're gazing back at another couple gazing at
the view and preparing to be beamed up Scottie.
little hut half the way along the meadow. It was here that, many years ago, Marlowe
Peck invented the sport of Alpine Rollerskating, which involved Dad pulling her
with a climbing rope over the meadows on her roller skates.
couple getting beamed up Scottie have got missed and the beam is coming back for
glimpse of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) down through the trees.
is the Chalet Neuf (1455m) a good way along our route. It may not look
very "Neuf" now but probably was once.
sore leg or muscle cramp (possibly a magnesium deficiency) in the forest near
the Bois de la Sauge.
imperfect crossing of a stone wall at about 1480m, just before the final plod
up to Mont de Bière Devant.
Okay, we're good.
at Mont de Bière Devant (1520m), on a day of spectacular cloud-and-sun
effects on the snow
at the flagpole on Mont de Bière Devant, with a bank of grey cloud hurtling
in from the left and bright sun on Grand Cunay in the distance.
are many worse places to be right now.
learnt: we're having much better luck crossing stone walls on the way home.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 15 February 2006, revised 10 October
2008, 17 August 2014.