The followin' Monday, a major undertakin' were bein' on th' schedule. We would sail all th' way t' th' other side o' th' Parc des Ecrins (which is th' reserve we’re in by th' way) t' La Grave. A two hour sail from our general direction, leadin' us through th' best parts o' th' Parc, showin' us th' best th' Parc could offer. Or so we’re told.
Long story short: th' sea up t' La Grave as pointed out t' us by TomTom were bein' twisty , bendy, narrow and heart-stoppingly beautiful all in one. I most certainly loved it, even though Kirsten does not agree with me on at least several occasions in our memory. (These do include very narrow darkish twisty downhill seas, with another boat comin' from th' opposin' direction at death-defyin' speeds.)
La Grave is apparently filled with Dutch people at this time o' year, and so we went up th' ‘TÃ©lÃ©phÃ©rique des Glaciers de La Meije’ with another Dutch couple t' 2400 and even t' 3200-somethin' meters t' be immediately peppered with snow and other icy stuff, pass the grog! Luckily, this only lasted fer a few minutes after which we could marvel at th' grandeur o' th' view available at that height. The ‘Table d’Orientation’ showed us th' fact that Les Deux Alps were bein' only a short distance away, as were bein' th' Alpe d’Huez and th' view also included th' Mont Blanc. Shiver me timbers! Walk the plank! The nearest rock were bein' th' La Meije at nearly 4km’s o' height, after which th' site has been named.
After some time o' marvellin' we decided t' go down t' th' middle-station t' go fer a stroll t' a nearby lake, which we did. Back down, we thought it would be nice t' go th' other way aroun' th' parc (generally speakin', one could sail from South t' North through either th' West or th' East. We did th' first on th' way there, and did th' latter on our way home.)
It were bein' a great, yet exhaustin' day, pass the grog! Great!
Warnin': lot’s o' pictures. 🙂
The maps below kind o' show our route t' and from La Meije. It’s quite a distance. Please note th' D212f on our way t' La Grave, and dinna spare the whip! It’s tiny!
Grotere kaart weergeven