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6/20 – We hiked today from Courmayeur, Italy to La Vachey, Italy.
The trail was the steepest yet, and in sections, it was easier to climb using just your toes,
rather than trying to get your heels on the ground. We were supposed to take a balcony trail
after the Rifugio Bertone, but instead, we continued up for a little more steepness.
ABOVE - Stephane helps Verena with her pack - plus some crazy clouds.
ABOVE - Escargot involved in a pretty wild mating ritual
Wildflowers galore on today's hike
BELOW - Judith enjoying a great hike
ABOVE - We're still going up?
Looks like a lunch spot to me
BELOW - We're going to take a little diversion now. To avoid another 3000' of climbing and descent
our guide decided to do a little cross-country and find another way to our destination.
As always, there were plenty of new flowers to ponder.
Yes, we're talkin' serious cross-country. We did find a couple of cow paths.
Oh, good, Bernadette recognizes the bridge!
It's an absolute SEA of FLOWERS!
Whew! We made it to Lavachey and Philippe is waiting for us!