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Miscellaneous walks in May 2013

It's been a fabulous winter for snowshoers here in the Jura mountains, but now summer's here . . . or is it?

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.

Pré de St-Livres in search of the last snow, 30 April 2013

We start at 1200m. It's tradition: by early- or mid-April the car can get partway up the Route des Montagnes in the Côte de Bière, and from there you have to walk up to the snow. (This year it's the end of April.)

Snow, half an hour later (1366m)

The farm of Pré de Saint-Livres

The same, with Mont de Bière Devant (1520m) on the left horizon

The Glacière de St-Livres, so-called because, as with 3 or 4 other big holes in the area, there's permanent ice down there.

A viewing platform at the top of the glacier

A new information sign

Well done. First mentioned in 1737, in the 19th and early 20th century the glacier was exploited for ice blocks to be transported to the breweries and hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva.

The farm from the west

And back down the hill

Crête de la Neuve, 9 May 2013

From the Petit Pré de Rolle (1382m) . . .

. . . southwest along a track in the forest.

An erratic. Past the farm of Les Echadex (1365m) and up the Sentier du Coq hiking trail to . . .

. . . Perroude de Marchissy (1429m), a pleasant buvette in summer.

Up the hill to the Crêt de la Neuve (1494m), and . . .

. . . back down to the car.

Before the rain comes.

Stumbling all over the forest of Grande Rolat, 11 and 12 May 2013


Rain on Grand Cunay, 15 May 2013


Tourist interlude: Ferrara and Ravenna

Ferrara, 17-21 May 2013 Ravenna, 21-26 May 2013

La Correntine, 30 May 2013

We're taking advantage of new snow.

The farm of La Correntine (1439m) at the end of May

Trusting that we'll still be able to drive out of here when we return.

The ski club cabane 20 metres up the hill

La Correntine

Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Kristin on a late-springtime hike

The cabane of the Ski Club of Bière

La Correntine from above

Over the ridge and down to the Pré de St-Livre to view the Glacière (see above)

Spelunkers returning up the glacier at the end of their explorations

The farm of Pré de St-Livres

That's it for today.

The mouth of the Aubonne River, 31 May 2013

The Aubonne River is Kristin's favorite late-afternoon constitutional walk, even in the rain.

It's been a rough winter.

A lot of water coming down the Aubonne, but . . .

. . . it seems to have been higher, faster, and more destructive recently.

If the Aubonne had been navigable, it isn't anymore.

But it's probably a little bit wider than it was.

The gravel yard halfway along our march

More destruction

Kristin in the rain

The Aubonne and its gravel

The kiwi plantation at La Frésaire farm

Bridge Out!

The mouth of the Aubonne at La Grève (373m)

River meets Lake Geneva on a windy day


Back upstream

White water under the footbridge at Grands Bois near Buchillon village

Vertical forests, 1 June 2013


Mont Tendre, 2 June 2013



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