The invisible donkey!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2011
Trip End Sep 30, 2011

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National Parc des Ecrins

Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Saturday, September 17, 2011

A bit cloudy today but we set off in full determination to explore the National Park, swim in the lakes and see what wildlife we could discover.

We were lucky to see a young deer bounding across the road as we entered the park but unfortunately my camera was not even out of its case so we didn't get a photo.

The first lake we came across was deserted and we watched as fish jumped out of the water and a flock of ducks came flying in formation towards us, obviously expecting us to start our picnic straight away. We kept hearing a donkey braying but nowhere could it be seen. The fields around us were empty so where it was hiding we didn’t find out but it was there and very vocal it was too.

The guide book said the Parc National des Ecrins is crawling with people in the summer, so we were very lucky to be the only people on the lakeside for a good hour before a few people began to appear nearer lunchtime. The Parc has many walking trails but all looked a bit challenging to us as the terrain is very alpine like with its highest peaks rising to 4100m. so it is really for serious climbers and hikers. Le Bourg d’Oisans is a popular ski resort in season and many of the villages we passed through showed signs of having a good winter trade with their lovely little wooden chalets.

As the sky began to cloud over we decided to explore some more and travelled on to Lac de Laffrey, Lac de Pitichet and Lac de Pierre –Chatel but by now the sky was looking quite threatening, abandoning all hope of a swim we drove back to camp where we thought the pool was better than nothing and to our surprise the sun came out again.

 How lovely, I think a nice bottle of Rose will suit the occasion and a good book.  I’ve been reading Carol Drinkwater’s book The Olive Farm, set in Provence so many of the places mentioned we know, it’s a good read and I can understand how exciting it must have been to restore that lovely old farmhouse and get the olive groves productive again…what a wonderful life.  Pity I think we have left it too late in life to attempt anything so ambitious as that but I truly understand the attraction.

Sometimes just reading a book and drinking wine is enough activity for a day!!
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