Peck's personal Web site
Dunanche in the late afternoon, 2008
winter that began with good snow and then lost its concentration
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.
snow's been crap since New Year's, and we blame Mr Bush for that.
the 11th annual World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2008, and our colleagues are down
in Geneva educating the public about the values and benefits of wetlands, but
it's also a Saturday, so here we are, marching off from the La Chaumette trailhead
(971m), where the barrier's down across the road. Frankly, in February, we never
should have been able to get the car this far up the Route de Montagne anyway,
but if the road's open, it beats plodding up it.
is the farm of Le Bugnonet, as we set off fairly
late in the day.
we walk up through the Bois au Ministre (I say "walk": the snowshoes
are still sitting up on top of the pack, and never did get used today), we
have our own special cloud following us along.
the new lookout near La Dunanche, at the top of the "Toblerones" military
defensive barriers, a new feature
view from the lookout across Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
to a view of La Dunanche farm (1117m) to the southwest
Dunanche, with La Dôle in the distance
very pretty tree, with the farm on the far side of it. Still no snowshoes needed.
Dunanche, with La Barillette television towers on the horizon
little touch of Appalachia, right here in Switzerland. No 1950s automobiles up
on cinderblocks, though.
beasts of the forest are evidently confused as well -- scurrying all over trying
to find dried out grass for lunch.
look au Dunanche, as we pass by going westward
going to descend by the ravine that winds around past Le Jubillet back to the
last glance back at the farm
peek out at Lake Geneva from the forest near Le Jubillet, 2 February 2008.
in the Swiss mountains! Are we bitter? Mr Bush and his friends
are still obstructing everyone's efforts to rein in (or 'reign in', as the New
York Times would put it) the impacts of Climate Change. Never mind; it's too late
anyway, but it's the principle!
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 10 February 2008, revised 11 September 2014.