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Some more bushwhacking near Marchairuz

Not a good day for working on our suntans

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.

Exploring near the Col du Marchairuz, 17 March 2013

It's a fine stormy day at the Col du Marchairuz, and we're out for some semi-vigorous exercise.

Which way?

Who cares which way? Nobody's waiting for us at the other end.

It's Lily the ghost dog of Marchairuz.

Kristin wants to make sure that she's not lost. She's not, we've hiked with her before.

Just a little bit lost ourselves now, we'll try going uphill.

It's beautiful, but it's taking us out in the wrong direction.

So we'll have to inform Kristin that we're going back down now.

And then back up a ways farther along. But wrong again, and back down . . .

Doubts are emerging.

Up again, with determination

We're too high again. Kristin doesn't want to go back and is looking for a shorter way down.

The guide says "That's too steep, we should go back".
Shut up.

A natural monument below us.

Our guide says "Are you really sure"?
Yes. Wuss.

It will probably work out better if we just let Kristin do the route-finding.

Now what?

Snow on trees requires to be eaten.

Now what?

We'll have a try down this way.

It's going in the right direction, probably, but nothing's familiar. Well, it's generically familiar, but not specifically familiar.

If we go down there, we'll have to come back up somewhere.

But if we go up here, we can come back down somewhere instead.

Now what?

We're on a previous snowshoers' trail now, and a trail has to go somewhere; the first question, though, is "where".

One seems to hear the sound of an automobile in the distance.

The road from Lake Geneva over the Col du Marchairuz to the Vallée du Joux

And our cute little silverish VW awaiting us patiently.

Had it just snowed a bit more during our little hike, it might have been our finest day ever -- but we always say that.


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