July 8, 2013

The French Alps (part one)

From Evian, our host Julien suggested that we take a drive to the mountains, maybe enjoy a little stroll while we're up there. I think Julien has a different definition of "stroll" than most people because suddenly we found ourselves zigzagging up a steep incline through fields of wildflowers, clamoring up muddy hills and over a knocked down tree and huffing and puffing up a giant flight of stairs in the middle of the forest. Let's just say that one of us was wearing the wrong kind of shoes for such an adventure. (That would be Dan, who, with his more traditional notions of strolling, was not so pleased to have his beloved checkered Vans get caked in mud.)

After a grueling 45-minute climb accompanied by some mild grumbling, we found ourselves on the top of the mountain, where we instantly forgot our shoe troubles and all the hard work it took to get there. It felt like we had stepped right into a postcard. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking.

"Just so you know, this is the easy hike we'll be doing on this trip," Julien told us. "The next hike will be a lot harder."

Considering I thought our stroll was pretty challenging (even with the right shoes), I am nervous to find out what that means. To be continued...

Tréchauffé Alpine Pasture
Route des Chalets | Tréchauffé | 74200 La Forclaz | France

(Second photo by Nien Lam)

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