Posts Tagged“hiking”

You hear the term “stepping back in time,” but you can’t truly grasp the meaning until you experience it yourself. I first visited Paspus, a mountain top across from Saorge (and a cool 2400 in elevation), two years ago when my mountain man invited me and my family up for a picnic. We were in awe of the place, but it wasn’t until I returned on this trip that I really absorbed the place and its story. I’d read that Paspus was on the salt route from Nice to Tende in the 12th (I think) century. Salt was a huge commodity then;…

What started out as a 45-minute round trip walk to see an 800-year-old bridge turned into a three-hour adventure. Karen, Cathy, Rose, and I — all alumni from last year’s retreat — took a few photos of the ancient bridge (not all that exciting after all) and decided to continue down a road that lined the vineyards. Allegedly it would lead us back home. “Ooh, figs!” I squealed, 15 minutes later. I picked a handful of the wild fruit growing on the road next to a vineyard, not realizing how far off lunch would end up being. I would have…

I stood on the peak of the mountain, taking in the sunset. I’d lost count of how many peaks I’d crested. Sometimes I’d reach the top, triumphant and ready to take a beaming selfie. Other times I’d slog along, sweaty and urging myself to just make it to the top before collapsing, only to discover the peak was just one in a long line up. Dejected. Hiking Italy’s Dolomite Mountains wasn’t something I’ve always dreamed of doing. In fact, when the book Wild came out, I instantly rejected it, since I wasn’t in the least interested in reading about some…