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A walk out to La Perrause
31 March 2012: A fine day in the new Global Warming dispensation, we're on snowshoes and avoiding the snowless patches.
The farm of La Perrause, just a kilometre and a half north of the road over the Col du Marchairuz
We've been out merrily plodding about on the 'Platforme' and have just come up onto the little La Perrause hill from the north.
It's still March, technically speaking, and we've not only got snowless patches -- we've got flowers. Thanks, Senator Inhofe, for that much at least.
A LOT of snowless patches
In fact . . .
We're going off now to the south, to complete a circular route back to the car.
Near the end of the same day, we're passing the farm at Pré de Bière, the Brassus-Marchairuz road in the background, and heading into the forest of Petite Rolat.
And back to the road
Kristin and Lisa and the sources of the Toleure
8 April 2012: the Toleure, near Bière
Kristin and Lisa looking for the sources of the Toleure and comparing notes
The occasional waterfall near the sources
In a week's time, this could be bone dry.
We've left the Toleure and are forging up into the forest of La Bioleyre above the village of Gimel, and comparing notes.
Comparing notes and catching up on news. We're in the military artillery range -- luckily, it's a Sunday.
And we're stepping lightly.
Catching up on news and . . .
. . . comparing notes.
Mont de Bière Derrière in the rain
15 April, a rainy day. We elected for no snowshoes and . . .
. . . regretted it. A sodden, sometimes knee-deep trudge back out again.
Sèche de Gimel
6 May 2012, the farm of Joux de Bière off the Marchairuz road, raining again
Joe and Kristin becoming rainworthy
The sun's out, and huge holes appear in the forest floor
Here are two great fans of huge holes in the forest floor (risk-taking behaviors)
Exploring all round in the protected-area depression in the middle of the Sèche de Gimel
-- What are you shaking your head at?
Another great hole in the forest floor. Who's going in?
We're being stared at whilst looking for the bottom of the hole in the forest floor
We're through to the bottom of the hole, rewarded by sunlight.
A friendly wave from Joe. Time to get out again.
But not this way.
Not that way.
Our friends are laughing at us.
Joe leading us to level ground
Kristin following towards level ground
Stuck on the wall
The river Aubonne
10 May: The river Aubonne all in a rush (but much less so than just two days ago)
Kristin and the river Aubonne
The mighty Aubonne racing towards its rendez-vous with Lake Geneva
Two days ago the tree was underwater (but I didn't have my camera).
The Aubonne (located near Aubonne)
Shall we chance it back across?
Back to the Sèche de Gimel
13 May 2012: We've started from farther down the valley (the road is open now), and pushed our way up to Kristin's favorite holes in the forest floor.
Dropping a stone in and counting the seconds till it hits something
Into the abyss, again
Kristin looking for her favorite hole in the forest floor
It was here somewhere.
There it is, down in there somewhere. That'll do.
Back out of the forest
A meteorite crater in the limestone Jura meadows of the Sèche des Amburnex
With bedframes and what not thrown down the throat of it to keep the cows out.
Out of the forest and back to Üli the Volkswagen, waiting for us at the Pré aux Veaux.