Monday, 19 June 2017

Hiking in North of Italy  


“‎Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” /Chico Xavier/

Because I was brought up in a country where highest peak is mere 312 meters above sea level, my profound romance with mountains started well before I actually had a chance to encounter one. The very first paperback I picked up and read several times was Into Thin Air, one of the absolute classics of mountaineering, written by 
American author Jon Krakauer. His way of describing expedition to Earth's most prominent peak left me forever in awe of majestic mountains and nature itself.


First mountain I climbed in Ireland was Croagh Patrick and since that day something awakened inside me I didn't know was there. I often think of words  that would reflect this feeling but all I know that it's so much more than standing on the summit. It's about the whole process together before you reach it and about the feeling after: it's slowly creeps up on you, fades away and then it hits you. I didn't know then that it's possible to fall in love with mountains but so glad I have.


On our trip to Val Gardena we only had a week to soak up the area of ravishing hiking trails and I was ready to unleash my preoccupied mind and prepared to change gears. I have always loved early mornings, when the whole world is still asleep and air is cool and universe is waiting for sun to rise up. There is this unexplainable feel to it. The anticipation of what the new day was gonna bring accompanied by occasional bird serenades made me jump out of the bed just before dawn.


Getting up before the sunrise in the midst of scenic Dolomite's and witnessing it's distinctive white rock respond to first morning light by changing colours from pink to orangle and purple, was a dream come true. It's not hard to see why this place attracts hikers from around the world. Remarkable display of beautiful Alpine flowers, best seen from mid-June, trills and challenge of long distance hiking on top of alluring scenery can effortlessly ignite desire for exploration.   


2 comments:

  1. Pictures are absolutely amazing. It's such a beautiful place for hiking. Great story. Thanks for sharing guys.

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    1. Cheers Aiga! We fell in love with mountains right away!!!

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