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Early Snow. Who would have believed
it? Just as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's 13th conference
of the parties is getting under way in Bali, Indonesia, and everyone is agreeing
that we're never going to see snow again even in Greenland, we're finally getting
some decent autumn snow over here in the Jura.
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.
walks up to Mont de Bière Devant, 10 and 11 November 2007
is Dieter the VW's first good snow in nearly six months, and hopefully he's finally
got all the water vapor out of his door locks from last year so we'll be able
to get back in later.
We're on our way to Mont de Bière Devant . . . by an uncommon route
Gaining some height
The top ridge is in sight.
we're exulting in the new snow -- Thank You, God. -- and trying out a new scramble
up from the east through the cliffs of the Bois de la Sauge, and here we are nearing
Mont de Bière Devant on a lovely but wet Saturday in November.
little notch near the top, and the flagpole -- the farm building is on the far
walk has been so much fun, all things considered, that tomorrow we're going to
gather up Dr Pirri and come back again. He'll be so pleased.
The top ridge, looking southwest towards Geneva
Somebody else is out here in the fog as well
next day, Dr Pirri is trudging up steep forest to see these wondrous sights for
Luckily, someone has laid in a convenient track to make his walking easier.
That was me. It's much easier today.
Perhaps we're lost.
The top ridge is in sight.
once again, the top of Mont de Bière Devant, 11 November 2007, and the
snow's not bad at all for this time of year. Just very wet.
I'm insisting that Dr Pirri tell me whether he's having a good time,
because I promised that he would.
That's the easy way to proceed.
The easy way seldom suits Dr Pirri.
go in through the front lobby when the servants' entrance is right here?
snowy crevices never work out quite the way we had hoped.
you bring the lunch?
I thought you . . . Never mind.
farm at Mont de Bière Devant as we stumble by, bound for Mont de Bière.
Up and over
We have but to follow.
A daunting stone wall in the way
Pirri taking the stone wall at a dead run and majestic leap . . .
. . . halfway over.
de Bière on a lovely, foggy sort of day
three-sided cow shed on Mont de Bière
Now just an hour's plod back to the car
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 1 January 2008, revised 10 September 2014.