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wintry fun in the country the neo-cons have so far overlooked
Two trips to the Crêt
de la Neuve
rainy/snowy day in March 2004
flag has flown high over the Crêt de la Neuve for as long as we can remember,
as here in December 2001 . . .
. . but no more, evidently!
a half-rainy/half-snowing day, 21 March 2004, the proud emblem of the Confederation
is noticeably absent from the observation deck. Over the years, the flag itself
has annually grown tattered and blown away in the storms, but at least we could
count on the flagpole!
the sturdy summit cross is still there (1495m), as are wet smudges on the lens.
waiting for the rain to finish changing over to snow, so there will be something
to snowshoe home on besides wet grass. March 2004.
the Chemin des Crêtes stretching off towards the Perroude de Marchissy and,
eventually, St Cergue.
are being made to get out of here before the whole thing fills up with water.
That's it; we're out of here.
It's a two-hour trudge back to the Col du Marchairuz.
The Col du Marchairuz
A wooden statue by Mr Paul Monney
And it's been a fine sunny day back at home in Bassins.
back again (May 2005)
brief visit to the Crêt de la Neuve
10 April 2004
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.
urge to visit the Crêt de la Neuve again comes over us, we know not whence. It's
a blustery 10 April 2004, pretty bleak and mushy here in the Jura. In fact, we've
got our car up over 1200m at Chenevière meadow for a good start on our
snowshoey day out in the fresh air.
A little hut at 1352m near the Perroude du Vaud; we're coming to the Crêt de la Neuve, not from the Col du Marchairuz, but from the opposite direction this time.
hiking companion rushes past Les Echadez farm and comports himself
as always with dignity.
in the forest, however, Dr Pirri despairs and turns toward home. 10 April 2004.
into persevering for a change, Dr Pirri rushes up one of the many, many . . .
many . . . many little ridges guarding the Chemin des Crêtes as it passes
by the Crêt de la Neuve.
pauses in the gentle snowfall to note that the uphill walk here requires a steep
downhill, and his fancy
Walmart snowshoes get all in a . . .
. . . tangle. When Bad Things Happen To Good People.
Pirri calls for an "immediate investigation" into what went wrong.
The weather declines. We're looking for hats, gloves, etc.
Here's the famous dead tree near the top of the Crêt
de la Neuve.
Pirri sets his sights on the Holy Cross that decorates the top of Neuve.
Whilst Mr Peck sprints towards the observation deck just below the summit.
briefly worships grinningly at the cross on Crêt de la Neuve, as Happy Hour approaches.
Pirri takes up his station at the cross, for a quick photo, and heads off for
Happy Hour as well . . .
. . . at
A late afternoon walk along the Chemin des Crêtes.
A good while later, we're passing the farm of Perroude du Vaud
Perroude du Vaud
Passing the farm
And walking down the road towards the place where Dieter the Volkswagen is presumably still waiting for us.
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