Dwight Peck's personal website

Winter 2013-2014

Dispatches from way, way behind the lines in Switzerland

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.

Miscellaneous December hikes

We're just back from sightseeing in northern Italy and trying to get fit again.

La Plateforme and the farm at La Perrause

Just north of the Col du Marchairuz, on the road to the Vallée du Joux, we've crossed the flat pastures called La Plateforme, and here's the Perrause farm. 14 December 2013

Not enough snow for snowshoes, too much for a comfortable stroll

Kristin enjoying a fine day out in The Nature

La Perrause (1353m). Grand Cunay is on the right horizon.

Beautiful woodworking on the table

It's time to go.

A long slog back -- we're borrowing a snowmobile track for a while.

Stone wall

What now?

Dieter VW has been waiting for us.

The Col du Marchairuz

It's either raining or snowing or both, 19 December 2013

At the hotel on the Col du Marchairuz (1446m)

We're off on the old trail to the southwest -- we'll just follow the yellow arrow.

This is actually the long-distance hiking trail, the Chemin des Crêtes, for the first half a kilometre or so.

And it's all well plodded down now by three weeks of hikers since the last good snowfall

Not snow so much now -- mostly just rain.

The Chemin des Crêtes has left us now, but the Former Chemin des Crêtes continues.

The giant forestry machines have been here -- so much for our scenic little path!

There goes the neighborhood!

Disgusting, and muddy. We'll go off on our own for a while.

A path leading back up towards Marchairuz

And the closer we get to the carpark, the more well-traveled the path.

The Hôtel du Marchairuz

Where Dieter's been waiting faithfully

The Arboretum of Aubonne

The carpark at the Arboretum of Aubonne (550m), 21 December 2013

The river Aubonne, just below the dam

The dam on the Aubonne river

The lake above the dam. We're going up onto that headland and take a little excursion along the top and back down again.

The Aubonne above the dam

A forestry road up onto the headland of Le Rosey

No horses please

No cars or motorcycles either (ca. 670m), in the forest of the Bois des Soules

The beautiful farm of Les Ursins (677m)

On the road to Saubraz, the yellow sign of the military

The road to Les Jaccaudes, where sometimes the Swiss military practices maneuvres, but hopefully not today.

The meadows of Les Ursins on the far side of the ravine of the Sandoleyre creek

A military checkpoint. Looks like a free pass.

The German Shepherds training site

Autumnal scenes (in late December) back down to the Arboretum

The Arboretum of Aubonne

A Museum of Wood, exhibits and activities, and trails through varieties of trees from all over the world

The Wood Museum

A wood carving, presumably by Paul Monney

Leaving the Arboretum of Aubonne

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