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Kristin's visit: June 2009

Maddening months at work, trying to migrate a very large Web site to a different technology, and no end in sight. It's time to take a break and, as luck would have it, Kristin's coming for a visit.

You 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.

Additional summer hikes in the Swiss Jura

We're back from France now, what a lovely place that is at its best. Now for a few weeks preparing ourselves for the USA.

Today we're out looking for weird erratic boulders with trees growing out of them (20 June 2009).

There's one. We're in the Creux d'Enfer near Grand Cunay, good hunting grounds for weird boulders.

Here's another. Whole ecosystems stuck on a rock.

Kristin warming to the chase for strange erratics.

And another, with a neat tree.

This is one of the super karst holes in the Jura, along the side of Grand Cunay with a nice wall carefully built round it to prevent injuries.

But what are walls for, anyway? Over we go.

A good view down into the calcareous depths. Not me. I never get within 2 metres even of the wall.

-- But that's what curiosity is all about. -- No, it isn't.

Here we are, another day (21 June), in the Amazon rainforest: Teny and Kristin and the jungle canopy closing down on us.

-- Where are we, really?

-- This way.

Not really the Amazon, it's just the depths of the Jura at its most luxuriant.

Pesky barbed wire in the way

Pesky cows in the way

Cows in retreat

Another day (5 July 2009), the Reguéla meadows

The farm at Les Frasses

A nearby summer hut

Kristin's gone to Wisconsin now, and today I'm out searching for deformed trees in the Jura. That's Lake Geneva from the ski club hut above the Correntine farm, 12 July 2009.

Here's another multi-tree. There's a 4-in-1 only about 2km from here.

A very deformed tree, near the Crêt de Mondisé

Tree buboes

Another one. Disgusting. A good crop of deformities today.

Another day (19 July), Joe assaults the Crêt de la Neuve with enviable vigor.

The observation deck on Crêt de la Neuve, late July

The lovely drapeau national in a sorry state after a brutal winter

Crêt de la Neuve (1494m)

Our hiking party reassembling at the summit

Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, with the city of Lausanne on the left

The observation deck with Lake Geneva beyond

Another day, Dr Pirri is trying to find his way up a secret little trail up the front of Le Noirmont, 26 July 2009

Le Noirmont from the secret side

Stragglers arriving at the summit.

Lisa's birthday's coming up on the Swiss National Day, 1 August 2009, and then, Kristin tells me, I'm off to get married in Wisconsin, yoopi!

Feedback and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, . All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 23 September 2009, revised 30 August 2014.

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