Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
16Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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So dad, Tash, Kyle and I decided it would be a great idea to go for a hike. We (dad) chose an approximately 20km section between the Pian del Tivano (really starting up by the Alpe Spessola) back down to Bellagio. It’s a little harder to explain than the geography of the lake so here’s a pretty picture. We followed the solid red line toward Bellagio:
There’s a bit of uphill climbing, a few cows with bells, a bunch of ponies who are suuuuuuuper cute and a donkey who just won’t leave me alone! I named the blonde pony Pepe. There would also be beautiful views were it not so foggy, but the weather is nice for a hike cos we’re not dying from the heat.
Passing the Alpe di terra biott a, the old ski lift (not enough snow these days) and descending to Alpe del borgo (“where they produce excellent cheese in summertime”) the hiking instructions don’t mention that you pretty much feel like you’re crossing through private property to get down to the village of San Primo. That or since printing a farmer has cheekily put his farm across the path.
The village of San Primo is spookily quiet and unfriendly. The restaurant “La Baita” which is mentioned on the list of directions is closed… and so everyone is glad that Bee “guts” Sparke brought bread and cheese from the local delicatessen in Bellagio and didn’t listen to Pops “we don’t need no stinkin’ snacks” Sparke. I’ve been stuck starving on a hike before with only skittles to give me the energy to get out of a canyon (lady S!). I know what’s what. There’s an old holiday camp (“Benomelli”) here also. Spookily abandoned. An old man comes out of nowhere out of the forest and scares the bejeesus outta me. Euuuuurgh! Get me outta here!
Again, the unfriendly town you have to feel like you’re crossing private property to get into… you feel like you’re crossing private property to get out of! It’s a spooky walk up a road with many ‘private property’ signs on it before entering a deep wood which is actually quite well trailblazed.
We’re pretty over hiking by this point but it’s an hour or so til home. We’re buoyed by Kyle’s sporadic singing and story telling but our feet are starting to hurt. It’s very pretty, but basically our advice is don’t listen to any of the directions that say ‘refreshments available’ or ‘village of’… might just be a couple of abandoned houses. Come prepared with sustenance. And you’ll probably have to pee in the forest.
The mule track is steep and pebbly so wear good shoes and be prepared to slide a lot downhill. Pay attention to the trailblazes as sometimes it’s unclear where you’re supposed to be going! The trail actually ends 2km from Bellagio, and while you can catch the bus back we trek the 25 remaining minutes home. And are stiff and sore for two days afterward.
Some pretty pictures and good memories. The text here has just been filler really for me to show you the photographs. It’s so nice not to hike alone. One foot after the other, we got there.
Our catch cry for the day… Andiamo!
Your B. xx