Day 16: You Never Know How a Day will Unfold!
Trip Start May 30, 2013
30Trip End Jun 29, 2013
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We had a pleasant drive to Siusi, another small town about 20 minutes or so from where we are staying in Bulla (Puffels in German). Harvey is becoming much more comfortable on the twisting uphill and downhill roads! We found the parking lot that Dunia had suggested for us just at the Seiser Alm gondola station. And with the help of a family with a mountain bike and a young toddler setting off for an overnight in the mountains and a staff person in an outdoor clothing shop in the station, we actually found the beginning of Trail#2 heading to Laghetto di Fie.
It was along this trail that our ears were in high gear for the six-mile hike.
On the return trip to Bulla and the Hotel Uherhof, we passed some kind of horse festival and traffic was detoured so the horse drawn carts and their drivers in traditional attire could navigate through the tourist- lined streets
After having driven through Castelrotto’s festival and streets, Harvey definitely earned his afternoon beer and rest back at the Hotel Uherhof. A short nap and before we knew it, dinner was ready to be served.
New guests had arrived this evening – five Australians and one New Zealander – journalists driving the new Mazerati sedan that is being released at the end of the year in Australia. After the very quiet and polite German and American guests in the dining room, we were right in there joking and having fun with these guys who live and breathe cars and are on a four day Italian road trip testing out this new car before writing their evaluations
So, you never know who you will meet and what experiences you’ll have in this international destination of the Dolomites. And be open to surprises!
Hiking maps are readily available for purchase at any of the shops near the lifts/cable cars/funiculars. If you are at a lift station and want to get a quick look at a map, head for the WC/toilettes/restrooms and we’ve found them on the walls near there. On several occasions now, we’ve found helpful staff at the ski/equipment shops on the same level as the WCs who have guided us as to where to pick up particular hiking trail number. Also, the camera on a phone or ipad can be handy for getting a quick map for the day.
The Tourism website for Val Gardena has information about the open cable liftshttp://www.valgardena.it/en/open-lifts-and-slopes/page357.html
In the ski shops at the cable car stations, maps and guidebooks are sold. Prior to our trip, I had emailed the Val Gardena tourism office and they were very helpful. When we walked into the Val Gardena tourist information bureau in Ortisei today, we were the only other tourists, yet it seemed like we had interrupted the staff person from whatever he was doing and he gave us very short answers about hiking possibilities. So, when you’re here, pick up one of the hiking guidebooks to help you choose where to hike and reference the Val Gardena website to see what cable lifts are open during the dates of your visit.