(This is my 100th post on this blog. Thank you all for reading.)
The morning of July 1, we left Selva/Wolkenstein for Lago di Dobbiaco. I kind of think of this as a rest day between our weather-challenged hike from yesterday, and the 8000-foot-elevation hiking of tomorrow. We also swapped out our guides–trading Hayden for Jake, who would be with us until the official end of the trip. Both guides provided by AlpineHikers were excellent.
As we drove over to Dobbiaco, we saw many bicyclists preparing for the following day’s Maratona dles Dolomites, an 85-mile bike race with nearly 14,000 feet of elevation gain. (The winner averaged 18.6 mph.) Nearly 30,000 cyclists apply each year for one of the 9,000 starting positions.
We checked into the116-year-old Hotel Baur, which sits right on the lake.
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We walked around the lake, then I settled on a view facing south for most of my images. We played around with reflections, and slow shutter speeds as the water flowed over a dam at the north end of the lake. Here’s an infrared photo from late in the day.
Here’s a group shot of all of us on a bridge near the hotel.
The next morning, we drove into the Tre Cime Natural Park and began our hike to Rifugio Locatelli. Stay tuned for more.
The rain continued off and on through day 12 in Kantishna, but that didn’t stop us from hiking a bit. In the morning, we went to Blueberry Hill, near Wonder Lake. We tasted wild blueberries and low-bush cranberries along the way
View of Wonder Lake (and behind the clouds, Mount McKinley) from Blueberry Hill
As you can see, it was overcast. We hiked in mist and the occasional rainshower. The cloud ceiling was only a few hundred feet.
In the afternoon, we hiked to the cabin of Fannie Quigley, a woman and local legend who lived in Kantishna from 1906 (before the park) until her death in 1944.
We also hiked a couple hundred extra yards to get to the official end of the road at the air strip. Here’s proof…
Next up, a long day of travel from Kantishna back to Anchorage. More to come.
I’m in Utah this week, and was able to get up into the mountains mid-afternoon on Friday. At the recommendation of a friend, I drove up the Mirror Lake Highway east of Kamas. I took a short hike to Wall Lake. Along one side of the lake is a rock wall, hence the name of the lake. There were some kids climbing that wall, which could only lead to one thing… jumping off:
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Here’s the rest of that photo to give you a sense of scale:
And just before landing in the cold water:
That it’s for now; I’ve got plenty more exploring to do.